After innumerable saas-bahu sagas, Ekta Kapoor is venturing into something more realistic with her forthcoming daily soap Baytaab Dil Kee Tamanna Hai. And in a bid to make the show as real as possible, Ekta tried to shoot its opening sequence in a brothel in Mumbai.
"I did choose to shoot for the show at some real locations, one of which was Mumbai's famous brothel. The show depicts the harsh realities of Mumbai's slums and red light areas and is something that has never been attempted before on Indian television," Ekta elaborates.
Unfortunately, she could not get the permission to shoot since the head of the brothel did not want to expose the place on television. A source close to the production house reveals, "When they did not approve the shoot, the production team tried to shoot the place with a hidden camera. However, the place was really dark for any good results?"
This left Ekta with no choice but to recreate the brothel in a Chandivali studio. "The unit members who had visited the actual brothel helped recreate an exact replica of the place," adds the source.
Ekta even sent the female protagonist of the show Sumana Das aka Shamoli to one of the brothels to understand the sequence and get a grip of her character.
Sumana agrees, "The visit helped me get into the skin of the character. Initially, I was a bit reluctant to go, but then I thought it will only help me connect to Shamoli's character."