The croma effect

Sanjay Kapoor had to sit with mud on his body for several hours while shooting for Ala, a song with several special effects for Kahin Hai Mera Pyar

Written by Geety Sahgal | Mumbai | Updated: April 16, 2014 11:20 am
It took one day for Sanjay Kapoor to shoot for a scene which showed him fighting a python It took one day for Sanjay Kapoor to shoot for a scene which showed him fighting a python

Little did Sanjay Kapoor know what he would have to combat while shooting for Ala, a song with special effects in Kahin Hai Mera Pyar, a romantic musical in which he plays a crafty business tycoon who falls in love with the leading lady played by Sonia Mann. Shot on blue croma sheets as the backdrop in a specially created set measuring 50′ by 50′, Kapoor, who was last seen in films like Prince and Luck By Chance, shot the song wearing almost next to nothing – a string of leaves tied over a pair of shorts as the VFX was to be patched in later. Since the song symbolised the Adam and Eve story, showing the Garden of Eden etc, the scenes would have him warding off a giant python, emerging from thick wet mud and almost drowning in a volcanic eruption. While the actor had to work on his expressions while imagining that he was embraced by a python and drowning in volcanic material, it was the scene where he had to be shown emerging from the mud which was very tough on him.
“Since we had to show the mud sticking on his body he had to be shown drenched in it. This part of the song took half a day to shoot and then four hours to wash the mud off him! I remember we were shooting in Latur and I got 30 sacks of mud from Mumbai to make sure that it did not contain any kind of fertilizer or pesticide. Before shooting the mud was rubbed on Sanjay’s body and kept for an hour to make sure he was not allergic to any particles!” informed Mahesh Doijode who has earlier assisted film-maker Mehul Kumar and is the producer, writer and director of the film.
Kahin Hai Mera Pyar also has Jackie Shroff in a pivotal role and will introduce Abhishek Sethiya and Sonia Mann.


Sonam goes deglam

Sonam Kapoor was snapped when shooting for her film Dolly Ki Doli in Nashik recently. The actress, who plays a small town girl in the film, has Rajkummar Rao, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma as her co-stars. Dressed in casual salwar kameez with a simple hairstyle, Kapoor, though a far cry from her glamorous self, nevertheless looked charming. After wrapping up a week’s schedule in Nashik, the shooting will continue in Mumbai. Produced by Arbaaz Khan, the film is being directed by debutant Abhishek Dogra.


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