Himachal Pradesh’s pristine beauty is yet again all set to find favour with Hrithik-Katrina starrer Bang Bang, which started its official shooting in Shimla on Saturday.
The crew started setting base in Shimla around January 15, and has followed it up with rehearsals for stunts involving actor Hrithik Roshan.
Hrithik had previously visited Shimla on January 26 for a day’s rehearsal, and had flown back to Mumbai for a couple of days to be present at his elder son Hridhaan’s sports day event.
Talking to HT City, the line producer from Shimla, Vishal Bahl discloses that Hrithik Roshan is likely to arrive in Shimla on Sunday, while Katrina Kaif is scheduled to arrive on February 5.
Bang Bang, being directed by Siddarth Anand, under the banner of Fox Star Studios (FSS) India, is also set to shoot in Manali, February 12 onwards, after completing their Shimla schedule. The film is said to be the Bollywood version of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day.
The completion of stunt sequences in Shimla, around the Mall and Middle Bazaar area, also saw Hrithik’s body double being put to extensive use.
The shooting of the film, however, has the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) earning revenue of around R5 lakh.SMC commissioner, Amarjeet Singh, says, "Such shoots not only help civic bodies generate revenue, but also put Shimla on the global map, further jacking-up tourism prospects."
The shoot also brought cheers for locals and tourists, who were all gathered around the location to catch a glimpse of their favorite star. “I am hoping to meet Hrithik Roshan and also get his autograph,” says an elated Shivani Gupta, an avid fan.
For others locals such as Rohit Sharma, who has been the line producer for various Bollywood films shot here — Shahid & Kareena Kapoor starrer Jab We Met, Ajay Devgan, Esha Deol and Sushmita Sen starrer Main Aisa Hi Hoon — the shooting of films is definitely a plus point. “Besides promoting tourism, this also helps the hotel industry and generates employment for local artistes, who are often hired as extras. During Main Aisa Hi Hoon, about 900 locals were associated with the film,” says Sharma.
Films lately shot in Shimla:
Jab we Met
Main Aisa hi hoon
Auo Wish Kare
Highway (To be released Feb 21)
Purani jean (To be release soon)