Bollywood actors Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor on Friday expressed their keenness to return to Meghalaya, which is also known as the abode of clouds, to shoot more films.
“I have fallen in love with Meghalaya courtesy Rock On 2… The natural beauty here is very rare. Every person on the crew felt sad when it was time to go back from here,” Akhtar told journalists at Ri Kynjai resort before serenading the crowd at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender at Bhoirymbong in Ri-Bhoi district.
Shraddha Kapoor, who was also at the press conference, said: “Shillong is one of the places where it is difficult for me to go back home.”
“I have been here four times from the time the film was shot. This is my favourite place, and it’s very hard to say goodbye to Shillong. People are lovely and we all feel at home. It is a dream to be part of Rock On 2,” she said.
The “Rock On 2”, which will be released on November 11, was shot in several locations in the eastern part of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya has a lot of potential with beautiful spots and the hospitality. We enjoyed the hospitality during the shooting of the film, they said.
“People here are lovely and have an inherent love for music. We also fell in love with the place as we start the journey of the film. As Shillong has many rock bands that also performed in different cities, we felt it incomplete if no band from here is involved in the movie,” Akhtar said.
When asked if he plans to shoot more films in Meghalaya, Akhtar said “every film calls for its location setting and its own backdrop. I do hope more movies come and shoot here and have the creative experience that we had and enjoy this amazing place”.
On the controversy not to allow Pakistani artistes feature in Indian films, Akhtar said when things were “good”, nobody was complaining about working with each other.\
“It’s not only the films, there are a lot of export and import, and a lot of exchanges that happen. It’s a way beyond that film industry can imagine.
“It affects a lot of things and we need to weigh the pros and cons of the issue. Personally, I believed there is certain distinction to be made between artistes and others,” Akhtar added.