What is common in most feature films, television serials and advertisements shot in the Capital? The answer is Delhi Metro. Film shooting has also become a money spinner for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Whether it is a long shot showing a Metro train running on an elevated track or a swanky underground station, the Metro has become an important character in almost all films that are picturised in Delhi.
Dilli 6, Love Aaj Kal, Paa, Bewafa are a few popular films that have sequences shot inside metro trains and station premises.
According to officials, the number of telephone calls and emails enquiring the procedure to get permission to shoot on the Metro network is on a constant rise. The DMRC even has a policy on video shooting and still photography on Metro network, which works as their bible.
“We get at least two calls every week from production houses and film agents to shoot at the metro stations or inside the trains or both. We go through their request, examine the feasibility and then take a decision. Our biggest concern is that passengers should not be inconvenienced,” a DMRC official said.
According to the officials, the airport express line is one of the favourites of film producers. The stations on the line are also less crowded. Most shootings take place either early morning and or late at night when passenger movement is minimum.
The DMRC charges accordance to the crowd on the particular line.
The company charges more if the film is shot at crowded lines or the airport line and less if it is to be shot at moderate line and even less for low ridership lines.
“We go through the script of the film and also at the star cast before giving the permission. We don’t allow negative projection of the metro. We also don’t allow any changes in respect of the names of the locations, stations or trains,” a DMRC official said.