Roughing it out

It was an adventure trip for the unit of Highway, as they shot in remote areas

Mumbai | Updated: February 19, 2014 12:39 pm
Imtiaz Ali and Alia Bhatt interact with the locals Imtiaz Ali and Alia Bhatt interact with the locals

Shooting for a film is not always about living in five star hotels, with modern amenities and people at your beck and call. For the team of Imtiaz Ali’s Highway, it was an adventure trip, roughing it out, at times even travelling by trucks to reach their destination or putting on their walking shoes and trudge the extra mile to reach the location. While, it was a memorable experience, it was also physically challenging for the entire unit.
Recalling an incident, lead actor Alia Bhatt, talks about shooting in a remote area called Kaaza in Himachal Pradesh. “The place was so desolate, that there were no hotels for miles around. With no electricity and hot water, we were shivering in the cold as it was snowing heavily. We had to subsist on a mixture of maggi and pulao, which we ate sitting on the road. But, that’s the best meal I’ve had,” says Alia.
Sharing the same sentiment, lead actor Randeep Hooda mentions that eating the food with ketchup was an enjoyable experience.
Interestingly, because Randeep and Alia’s characters in the film don’t speak for a while, Randeep too didn’t speak to Alia for a few days when they began shooting, so that they could translate that emotion on screen. Highway releases on February 21.

 

Ghostly affairs

Gangs Of Ghosts, the remake of the Bengali hit Bhooter Bhabishyat is a supernatural comedy. Adapted into Hindi by Satish Kaushik, the film has an ensemble cast including Anupam Kher, Jackie Shroff, Parambrata Chatterjee, Sharman Joshi, Mahie Gill and others. The film is about a haunted house which is being pulled down and being replaced with a mall. Apparently, the ghosts, who belong to different era, consider this as their home, and how they try to save their home forms the crux of the story. Produced by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt Ltd, it releases on March 28.

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