Shattering popular myth that writer director Anurag Basu would be leaving Darjeeling on June 19 abandoning the ongoing shoot, talking to HT, Basu himself made it clear that he was not leaving on June 19 and that he would be leaving only after the scheduled shoot in Darjeeling is completed.
Following a heated exchange of words over a misunderstanding between the film crew and the crowd at the Darjeeling Chowrasta on June 16 coupled with swelling unmanageable crowds leading to the cancellation of the shoot for the day, there were speculations that Basu would be packing up and leaving Darjeeling much before schedule.
There were media reports that he would be leaving on June 19. “I am definitely shooting on June 19 and June 20 in Darjeeling. Only after I complete my scheduled shoot will I leave. Tentatively it could be June 21. Once I finish there is no point in hanging around as for each day one has to take in account the cost for 100 odd crew members” stated Basu categorically to HT.
Except for the June 16, where uncontrollable and over enthusiastic crowds had disrupted shoot at the Chowrasta (time and again coming into the camera frame) specially with Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor in the scene; shoot had gone on smoothly on the other days.
“I will shoot for the next two days in Darjeeling and then decide on the future of the next part of the schedule which is due in September” stated Basu. His shoot at Ghoom Railway Station on June 15 and at Tindharia Railway Station on June 17 had gone off smoothly. “The local populace was definitely very cooperative and we had a wonderful shoot” added Basu.
Interestingly after the June 16 incident, the Director has been shooting at night and in the wee hours of the morning to avoid the prying crowds. Sources state that he has even modified the script to accommodate the change in shoot schedules. On Saturday the crew shot at night in front of the Capitol Clock Tower. In the wee hours of Sunday they are scheduled to shoot at the Clock Tower followed by a location near the famous eatery Glenary’s; the Lebong Cart Road and Birch Hill Road.
The crew would also be shooting in an undisclosed tea garden.
The Mirik Lakeside shoot could be cancelled or substituted owing to inclement weather, stated a source. It has been raining incessantly in the Darjeeling Hills since June 17.
Writer film director Anurag Basu shot to fame with films Murder, Gangster, Life in a Metro and Kites. At present he is shooting a romantic thriller Barfee starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in Darjeeling.