By RAHUL RAUT
Nepal has always been one of the most favourite shooting locations for Hindi films. Over a dozen of superhit Hindi movies have been shot in the Himalayan country. Nepal’s snowy and high mountains, exquisite and ancient architectures, exotic and fascinating cultures, moon-like dry highlands, fast-flowing rivers, national parks and mesmerizing and remote lakes have always attracted creative people.
Be it Dev Anand’s ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishna’ (1972), Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Mahaan’ (1983) and ‘Khuda Gawah’ (1992), Anil Kapoor’s ‘Garwali Baharwali’ (1998) and ‘Yudh’ (1985) or Govinda’s ‘Ek Haseena Ek Deewana’, picturesque locales of Nepal have always played important parts in these films. The last big Hindi film that was shot in Nepal was Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Baby’ (2014). Now after three years of the Neeraj Pandey film, yet-another Hindi movie is soon going to be filmed in the Mount Everest country.
We have learnt that Dibakar Banerjee’s next film, ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ will be shot at the border of India-Nepal. Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra starrer this movie’s second schedule will reportedly take place in Pithoragarh, the easternmost mountainous district of Uttarakhand, India. The film will also be filmed at Jhulaghat suspension bridge in Baitadi district of Nepal, located at the borders of both nations.
According to reports, the makers have chosen these places since it is picturesque, remote and hardly accessible. Yash Raj Films which is producing this unusual romance drama had sent a letter to Nepali authorities in October asking for the permission to shoot. Nepal government has reportedly given them permission with a certain unknown conditions.
“They will be shooting some intense portions of the film and Dibakar wanted the location to heighten the mood, tension and drama. It’s a remote town wherein some of the most crucial scenes of the film will be shot,” a source close to the project said.
The shooting in Pithoragarh will begin on 5th December and will be filmed there until 30th December, 2017.