Aamir Khan’s Talaash may well be one of the last films to show us certain parts of Mumbai.
The film has been shot in real locations like chawls and mills across the city, and not on sets. The makers short-listed about 520 locations initially, after which they shot at 47 of them. A source close to the film reveals, “Talaash was shot in old buildings — chawls, mills, etc. All those locations have now gone under redevelopment (post the shoot).”
The movie, we’re told, has been shot in places that the most people haven’t seen in the recent past, including small lanes in Charni Road, Lower Parel, Colaba, Grant Road and Central Mumbai. The source adds, “The two locations where scenes were shot inside chawls and mills were both in Lower Parel and have already given way to new construction.”
It is believed that after the shoot was wrapped up, the unit returned after many months to shoot some more segments, but were in for a surprise. The source says, “For patchwork, Reema (Kagti, director) had to resort to finding new places or take the help of computer graphics to merge different background and foreground digitally, since within a year’s time, those places had disappeared.”
Ask Reema about this and she says, “Talaash has been shot completely in real locations and places that are fast fading from Mumbai.”