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Bangistan was the first Hindi film to be shot in Krawkow, a seventh century city in Poland

Written by Geety Sahgal | Mumbai | Updated: November 20, 2014 5:06 pm
Ritesh Deshmukh, Karan Anshuman and Pulkit Samrat at the main market square in Krawkow Ritesh Deshmukh, Karan Anshuman and Pulkit Samrat at the main market square in Krakow

The suggestion to shoot Bangistan, a film about two aspiring suicide bombers (Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat), in Krakow a city in Poland which dates back to the seventh century, came from one of the line producers of the film, Zorg Werke.

The city is one of the oldest in Poland and it was the first time that a Hindi film was shot there. According to debutant director Karan Anshuman, Krakow is one of the more tourist friendly cities in Poland, in fact more than Warsaw. As most of Poland was ground to dust during the second world war, Krakow is the only city in Poland which has a lot of intriguing heritage structures left. There’s the centrally located main square— the largest medieval town square of any European city, Church of St. Wojciech, Church of St. Barbara as well as other national treasures.

“I could have shot Bangistan in any European city, but Krakow, which is just coming to terms with the 21st century and opening up to the outside world, was very exciting for me. All the historical structures there added to the charm of the backdrop. Most of my film was shot in and around Krakow over 35 days. It was very fascinating for me to shoot in Poland because I have grown up on Polish cinema and most of my film heroes are from there,” stated Anushuman, adding that getting permission to shoot there is easy, besides, one can shoot daily for 12 hours and take a weekly off.

The only problem about shooting in Poland, revealed the director, was communication, as the people there only speak Polish. “Otherwise there is not much difference in the language of cinema. I chose my cinematographer from Poland so that he could exploit the places we were shooting in and was conversant in English. I shot the film mostly on outdoor locations and found the people very friendly. In fact, since Kick had been shot in Poland, people kept asking for Salman Khan! After a point, I told them that I was Salman, and they believed that,” laughed the director.
The film according Anshuman will have a great visual appeal as besides Krakow it was also filmed in Ladakh and Banares.

The shooting of Bangistan wrapped up last month and the film, which is produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment, is presently in post-production.

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    whiteandred
    Nov 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    There is an unfortunate spelling mistake and inaccuracy in this article.Firstly, it is KRAKOW (Kraków) and not Krawkow. You have a “w” in the middle that does not exist nor make any sense.About halfway there is the sentence:“Krawkow is also near the place that housed the concentration camps.”You are making a misleading ociation (through conflation) of these German places to Poland.The sentence would be better phrased as:“Krakow is also near the place that housed the FOMER GERMAN concentration camps.”Let us be clear on who built/operated these places by using the UNESCO terminology. Do not confuse the victims with the perpetrators.Bearing in mind the Krakow is also a World Heritage site.The same point could be made by the following adding context to this sentence:“As most of Poland was ground to dust BY THE GERMAN AND SOVIET RUSSIANOCCUPATIONS during the second world war,...”.The distinctions are important. Please amend the text to fixthese mistakes. The truth is important.
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      Marek
      Nov 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm
      For God's sake, it is Krakow nor "Krawkow" :-) And the "place that housed the concentration camps" is an infamous German Auschwitz, built by German-occupied Poland initially for Polish political prisoners and later for Jews. Please make corrections. Cheers!
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        Iwona
        Nov 15, 2014 at 8:53 pm
        I am glad you enjo KRAKOW. And the concentration camps were German.
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          Iwona
          Nov 17, 2014 at 6:41 am
          It is K R A K O W And the concentration camps were German (for the benefit of readers unfamiliar with World War Two history).
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            Iwona
            Nov 20, 2014 at 11:37 pm
            Thank you for the corrections.
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