Delhiites are an easily excitable lot, more so when there’s a celebrity involved. So, when
brought a slice of Bollywood to the heart of the capital — at Connaught Place — there was chaos.
The crew started early, with a traffic scene. The location was Radial Road continuing towards the inner circle from Barakhamba Road. And before you knew it, an otherwise mundane Monday was transformed into manic Monday.
They were there even at noon, jostling to catch a a glimpse of Shah Rukh… er no… Aammir… no, wait… Imran Khan. It wasn’t really important who the star was, or even if there was one around. What mattered was that “
ho rahi hai
From office-goers to school kids, a sea of bystanders surrounded the sets. There were bodyguards too who weren’t shy of a little shoving if someone got over-enthusiastic.
Bikes, cars and autos stopped in the middle of the road, blissfully unaware that of the traffic jam they were causing. Groups of girls huddled together and giggled, “Oh, my God, I think I saw Imran Khan!” They almost swooned! The irony was that for the most part of the day, there was no Imran Khan… or anyone else.
Lights, camera, action!
Security guards at nearby showrooms testified to the fact that hardly any ‘action’ had happened since the crew started setting up the scene.
Even the policemen stationed to keep a check on the crowd, were baffled at the number of bystanders. “
Yeh Dilli hai
. If I call you a star, they’ll circle around you,” said a cop.
This isn’t the first time that Delhi has witnessed a film shoot. Old Delhi got in on the action a couple of months ago, during the filming of Rakeysh Mehra’s
. Residents and traders poured into the streets at the sight of movie cameras. Such was the madness that the planned shoot had to be cancelled.
Give Delhiites some glam and all work conveniently takes a backseat — even if glam means a couple of cameras and the hope of spotting a newbie actor.