Despite its iconic status, CP may not feature in films if traders have their way

Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; April 21, 2011)


Aisha, Rockstar, Three Idiots, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and now Agent Vinod, and so many other films have been shot at Connaught Place, but Delhi’s iconic marketplace may no longer make it to the big screen, if the New Delhi Traders’ Association (NDTA) has its way. The association has raised its voice against movies being shot in CP as they claim it results in inconvenience and loss of revenue. Post the shooting of Agent Vinod last month, the CP association has become increasingly vocal about shootings. Its president, Atul Bhargav, tells BT that they’re ready to go to any lengths to stop the shootings, which includes meeting the CM and the lieutenant governor. Meanwhile, the association has convinced the NDMC that units wanting to shoot in CP must obtain permission from the traders’ association first, even if they have clearances from the civic body, Delhi Police and the Traffic Police.

Trouble, apparently, began last year with the shooting of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. The crew promised that the shoot would be over before customers came, but it continued till much later, resulting in a traffic jam. “That’s when we decided that we’ve suffered enough”, says Bhargav, “These people come to shoot, and then block the area, resulting in loss of lakhs of rupees to shopkeepers. With Agent Vinod especially, we faced so much More >