A few days back, Bollywood created a record of sorts at the iconic Lord’s cricket stadium when Ferrari Ki Sawari’s child actor — an eight year-old kid — hit the legendary ground to shoot a few scenes. Now, we hear that during the shoot, expatriate fans saved producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra around R 60-70 lakhs on extras.
The story goes like this: while shooting for the crucial scene, director Rajesh Mapuskar wanted an almost full stadium to suit the script. So, the production team was to hire extras as audience and fill up the stadium with a seating capacity of 28,000.
To get such a huge crowd in a foreign country was not easy and flying down extras from India for a scene would have cost a fortune. But even as they were trying to figure out what to do, expats from the area, especially from nearby St John’s Wood, flocked in large numbers, curious to see a Bollywood film shoot, especially when they heard that Chopra, maker of the famous Munna Bhai series was producing it.
The film’s official spokesperson confirms that getting such a huge crowd while shooting abroad would not have been an easy task: "To get so many expats to fill up a huge stadium like Lord’s was over whelming."
A number of Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, along with a few natives, gathered at the stadium, filling it to capacity. The scenes were shot with real crowds cheering. This saved the team a huge amount, which would’ve otherwise been spent on extras.
Director Rajesh Mapuskar confirms, "We needed a near-full stadium according to the script, since it’s a very crucial scene. Thanks to Bollywood lovers in London, they made our job easy."