Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has finally drawn curtains to the epic trilogy of Batman with The Dark Knight Rises, which hit screens worldwide on Friday. While you must have noticed Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort in the film, did you know the first leg of shooting for this final installment in the franchise was in India?
“There was a sequence that demanded an interesting foreign locale. The place we were shooting (in India) is beautiful and clearly very remote and that was the reason creatively why we wanted to go there. We actually went there with a very small crew and it was an exciting way to start the movie,” says Nolan.
Nolan also has plans to shoot in India again. “Early last year, when I was in India for location recce, I was amazed with the geographical richness the country can offer with so many unique and beautiful places. If the story demands, I would love to come back and shoot in India,” he says.
He trusted actor Heath Ledger to play the Joker in The Dark Knight, and this time he put his faith in actor Tom Hardy for the villainous role of Bane. Ask him if he had any apprehensions about casting Hardy, and Nolan says, “With Tom, I knew I would get the whole package. He is the kind of actor who relished the challenge of having to generate an entire performance with most of his face covered up. What he is able to do with just his eyes is truly amazing.”