Check out RGV shooting for 26/11 film at Girgaum Chowpatty
Raju Shinde (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 2, 2012)
He had been denied permission to shoot his film on 26/11 inside the Taj hotel, forcing Ram Gopal Varma to recreate the iconic hotel elsewhere at a considerable cost. And since then he has been shooting at various locations in the city. Mirror stumbled upon the crew during the Girgaum Chowpatty leg of the shoot on Wednesday night.
The sequence being shot was a crucial one. On that fateful night Ajmal Kasab and Abu Dera Ismail Khan, after the massacre at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and killing several senior cops, had proceeded first toward Metro Cinema and then Vidhan Bhavan in a white Toyota Qualis. However, the Qualis developed a puncture and they hijacked a silver Skoda Laura instead and drove toward Girgaum Chowpatty. A team of policemen had set up a double barricade on Marine Drive when the sedan came to a halt 40 to 50 feet away. Even as the car had tried to make an u-turn, a gun battle ensued, injuring Kasab and killing Ismail Khan.
RGV had been shooting on Chowpatty on Oct 30 and 31 between midnight and 3 am and on this day the crucial shootout was enacted for the cameras, complete with barricades and the silver sedan. The sequence captured the events down to the smallest detail – in fact the actors even enacted the part when the cops ask Kasab to step out of the car and he switches on the wipers by mistake.
The life-like scene understandably brought the early morning traffic to a halt and a crowd gathered, part curious, part apprehensive. It took a couple of real-life cops to disperse the crowd.
Incidentally, RGV had tried to get cops play themselves in the film, but to no avail. The terrorists as well as the braveheart policemen in his film are all as real as the blood splattered on their clothes.
The silver sedan with actors playing Kasab and Ismail
Actors take a break between the shots
RGV pauses to put on this thinking hat
Look no further – RGV’s cops train their sights on things other than cars
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