Filmmaker Kumar Mangat’s Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge is the first big film to be shot at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai after the 26/11 terror attacks. CST was one of the locations that came under attack.
The scene that was shot there featured the film’s lead pair, Ajay Devgn and Konkona Sen, who go to the station to receive Paresh Rawal. It was picturised on November 29. Both the director, Ashwini Dheer, and producer, Amita Pathak, were insistent on shooting at the location rather than at a set in the studio.
“It is always exciting to shoot here. If I had my way, I’d shoot at least one scene at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in every film I make. The ambience that one gets at this location is impossible to match in a studio,” says Dheer. He admits that getting permissions wasn’t easy. But his production department ensured that everything was sorted when they reached the station on the morning of November 20.
Says Pathak, “We followed the standard procedure and, in a fortnight, got the go ahead for the shoot.” During the shoot, a huge crowd gathered at the landmark station for a glimpse of the stars. But the police handled the security perfectly.
Pathak says, “The railway police managed the crowds within the station while the city police ensured that too many people didn’t get into the premises while we were there. We also had our own security personnel. We wanted to shoot at CST, but we didn’t want to inconvenience the common man. I think it went off well.”