The unit of Tees Maar Khan has been flying high, literally. During a three-week shoot of the film at Malsej Ghat, a six-seat chopper flew out anyone who was homesick after ‘pack-up’, and brought them back the next day.
“The production house had a deal with the chopper company and it made travelling to and fro from the city so much more easier for all of us,” informs the ‘organised’ director Farah Khan, who also had a Rs 1 crore custom built train to ferry her filmy passengers around, on screen.
Back and forth
Lead actor Akshay Kumar took the helicopter ride a few times to touch base with wife Twinkle and son Aarav at their Juhu bungalow. But Farah stayed put on location till the end of the schedule and only stepped into the chopper with editor-producer husband Shrish Kunder and her three kids when it was a ‘wrap’.
Her kids, she says, were quite at home in the sylvan surroundings during the 24-day shoot. “They ran around with the village kids, spots boys and junior artistes, feeding the goats and cows and taking tractor rides,” she laughs.
In the chopper, her two girls, Anya and Diva, sat like little princesses as if they did this every day. “Their blasé attitude made me think of ‘superstar’,” says the amused mother.
Quiz her about her son, Czar, and she says he’s turning out to be “quite the lady-killer who seems very comfortable in the company of pretty women”.
Both Shirish and Farah had wanted their three lucky mascots to make an appearance in their first home production. “I wanted them in the last song and got ‘ghagra-cholis’ stitched for the girls and a ‘dhoti-kurta’ and a Gandhi cap for my son. They looked so cute and were so uncooperative,” she reminisces.
“They were happily dancing around but once the camera started rolling, they just stood there looking supremely bored. No amount of coaxing and cajoling would get a performance out of any of them. I wasted two magazines before I gave up.”
Christmas treatTees Maar Khan is scheduled to release on December 24. “There’s been talk of it being pushed ahead to December 9 because nine is supposedly Akshay and my lucky number but that’s not true. If all goes well, it will be your Christmas treat,” promises Farah. “It’s a perfect vacation film with lavish songs and a happy celebratory feel.”