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|Vol. -III Issue - 19 [March- 2011]|
Never before has any Bollywood movie been shot at 35 historical monuments in Delhi, or for that matter, at the Red Fort at midnight.
But when Ashish Lal (25), an IIT-Delhi graduate, and his friends decided to make a movie on Delhi, they were adamant on capturing the architectural and cultural beauty of the city. Called "With Love, Delhi", their work has turned into a full fledged Bollywood film that features Tom Alter and Seema Biswas, besides Ashish, who plays the lead. "Oh, and there's also a song by Shaan and Sarika," says Ashish.
Anurag Kapoor, one of Ashish's associates in this endeavour, says the initial idea was to make a documentary on Delhi, which could help generate revenue during the Commonwealth Games. But, the negativity around the Games itself led Ashish and his friends Ashutosh Matela and Manav Vigg to drop the idea. When discussions started again, they realized they wanted to make a completely commercial film on Delhi. The story is about a girl whose father's been kidnapped by a historian. Now, the historian will keep giving her clues that are based in Delhi's historical landscape and she must decode these to rescue her father. "But," says Anurag, "We wanted to create a buzz like the Dan Brown works that make you travel cities while discovering new facets about them." So, the script was prepared and another IIT-D graduate, Nikhil Singh, roped in as the director.
Made within a budget of `2-2.5 crore, the finances for the film came from Ashish, Ashutosh and Manav, besides friends. Securing permissions was not a problem, says Ashish, courtesy their associate producer Ravi Sarin. So, not only did they shoot at Khooni Darwaza, the Iron Pillar, etc, they also managed to shoot at the Red Fort at midnight – something that no Bollywood movie has done to date.
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