The shooting of Sunil Subramaniam’s film hasn’t yet started. But if we go by its name, the movie has already been banned in Pakistan! Titled Yeh Picture Pakistan Mein Ban Hai, the film is all set to go on floors in Lucknow from October 6.
Starring Filmistan-fame Sharib Hashmi, Aditi Sharma, Chunkey Pandey, Upasana Singh, Mukesh Tiwari, Fukrey-fame Manjot Singh and Pakistani comedian Rauf Lala, the film will be shot extensively in Lucknow for nearly 40 days.
The storyline is about a comedy film inside a film. “My protagonist Sunny (played by Sharib) is a perfectionist kind of small-time director who wants to make a film. He comes across this formula that if a movie gets banned, it works well. So he starts a film titled Yeh Picture Pakistan Mein Ban Hai. His act not only catches the media glare but also gets attention from the public and the political fraternity. The news reaches Pakistan and all these things take the project to a different zone,” says Sunil, who has earlier assisted Anurag Basu for Murder, Gangster and Barfi, among others.
Haryana-based Mohit Dhanwantri is producing the film. “The shoot will begin on the 6th (October) with a song that will be shot for 3-4 days across the city. Sharib along with his friend played by Sukhen Dhanwantri will set the camera rolling and probably we will begin the shoot in Hazratganj on Tuesday,” says the director who made his debut with the yet to be released family drama Fuddu featuring newcomers Shubham and Swati Kapoor.
Around 90% of the shoot will be done in Lucknow while some scenes will be filmed in Mumbai. Film’s line producer Aroon Singh Dicky shares, “Prominent locations that have been selected for the shoot are Narhi, Lucknow University, Hazratganj, Imambara, Gol Darwaja, Residency, Patrakar Puram and Shivgarh Palace, to name a few.”
A host of local artistes are getting an opportunity to work in the film. Deepika Yadav, who has done a role in Aur Devdas, Naval Shukla (Manjunath and Lucknow Times), Gyaneshwar Mishra (Bullett Raja), Anita Sehgal, Zia (Baabur and Dedh Ishqiya), Praveen Arora (Bullett Raja) and Tarun Bali will be seen in various roles. “There are around 25 local artistes. The director has done few screen tests and some of our artistes may get better roles,” he says.
The film has been written by Raj Shandaliya, who scripted the dialogues of the recently released flick Welcome Back.