Press Esc to close
Tuesday 02 September 2014
News updated at 7:40 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27°C
Min : 20°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

Making film shooting easy in the City

Archana Mishra, Feb 5, 2013, DHNS:

In 1981, director Sai Paranjpye chose national capital for Chashme Badoor. She along with her crew made a one-of-its kind romantic comedy film by not only portraying some interesting characters on screen but by highlighting certain locations of Delhi like Lodhi Road, Defence Colony and Mandi House too.

It remains etched in our memories till date. As time passed, Shekhar Kapur too followed Sai’s path and shot Masoom in Delhi in 1983. It is as if, only Mumbai-based filmmakers have opted to shoot in the national capital, even Malayalam film director Joshiy too came all the way to Capital to shoot his thriller New Delhi in 1987.

It can be easily gauged that apni Dilli has always been a popular destination for directors. Since 1980s, filmmakers have loved shooting in Delhi – either because its more green than the other metros or because it has a lot of history or the charm of Chandni Chowk is just too much to resist. Delhi has hosted several films including well-known ones like Band Baaja Baraat, Delhi 6, Delhii Heights, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Love Aaj Kal and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and keeping the trend going are another 30 projects which are slated to be shot within this year alone!


Now it seems Delhi Tourism has woken up to the possibility of making Delhi more film friendly destination. The Delhi Tourism and Transportation and Development Corporation (DTTDC) has been recently appointed as the nodal agency for co-ordinating and getting clearances from all other agencies. Efforts are being made to introduce single-window clearance for making the City a more attractive option for film shooting.

“It is a novel move by the Delhi government. By introducing a single-window clearance, the production teams will not have to run from pillar to post to get clearances from different agencies like Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and others for shooting their films,” says Luv Ranjan, director of movie Pyaar Ka Punchnama and AkashVani. Luv has shot near Jama Masjid and Paranthe Wali gali in Chandni Chowk.

Cinematographer Kartik Vijay who has worked on Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! opines, “Getting consent from ASI to shoot movies is not easy. In order to take permission there are a lot of bureaucratic hurdles. If this nodal agency simplifies the overall process it will undoubtedly ease the burden on production teams and things will be easier to manage.”

Meanwhile, Delhi Tourism assigned with a new set of responsibility is hoping to introduce single window clearance from 2014 onwards. Senior Chief Manager and the head of Films Division, KB Sharma says, “We are planning to set up a Film Commission, a statutory body to take charge of shootings in Delhi. The proposal is still in its initial stages though.
Meanwhile, Delhi continues to host films and their makers. Abhay Deol and Tamil actor Dhanush shot for their upcoming film Raanjhnaa at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, JNU. Shoojit Sircar who has earlier shot Vicky Donor here returned for his next Madras Café while Tigmanshu Dhulia also shot parts of Sahib Biwi aur Gangster Returns in Delhi.
 
What attracts these filmmakers to set up their filmstage in Delhi? Director Anand Kumar who recently shot a few scenes of his upcoming movie Zila Ghaziabad starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani at Qutub Minar says, “First, it is the story that dema­nds shooting in Delhi. Secondly, being born and brought up in Delhi, there is an easy connectivity to the city. I cannot think about a story staged in Rajasthan or Bihar because I won’t be able to explore the best of it whose impact will be visible in the movie,” says Anand, who has shot his earlier two movies Delhii Heights and Jugaad too, in the capital.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
President Pranab Mukherjee grants degree to a student at the 14th convocation of the University...

President Pranab Mukherjee grants degree to a student at the 14th convocation of the University...

Fireworks on the occasion of 410th installation anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy...

Fireworks on the occasion of 410th installation anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy...

Left Front activists take part in a rally to observe anti-imperialist day in Kolkata on...

Left Front activists take part in a rally to observe anti-imperialist day in Kolkata on...

Flood water flows through Srisailam dam after its four crest gates were opened in Kurnool on...

Flood water flows through Srisailam dam after its four crest gates were opened in Kurnool on...

BJP president Amit Shah during a visit to Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram on...

BJP president Amit Shah during a visit to Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram on...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio...

Actress & BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher speaks during a seminar on...

Actress & BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher speaks during a seminar on...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a toast during a banquet...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a toast during a banquet...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi prays in a temple during a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi prays in a temple during a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a village hut during a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli on...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a village hut during a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli on...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523