Shooting of Telugu film in Darjeeling
Once a favoured destination for filmmakers, it seems Darjeeling is back on track as teams from Bollywood and Tollywood have begin making a beeline here to capture the beauty of the place in celluloid.
The latest to join the bandwagon, which could turn out to be a pathbreaker, is the Telugu film unit of 'Raja the Great' starring Ravi Teja, popularly called Mass Maharaja down South, and Mehreen Kaur Pirzada of “Phillauri” fame.
Directed by Anil Ravipudi, nearly 30 percent of the film will be shot in various locales of Darjeeling including St. Paul’s school and Mirik(Lake) and the forest area of Sukna and an action sequence in Chowrasta.
Today, a song sequence with Ravi Teja and Mehreen Kaur Pirzada was shot in the newly constructed parking lot on Lebong Cart road set against the landscape view of Darjeeling town and lush green tea garden.
The director and the lead man however, refused to divulge the storyline of the film, which is the first Telugu movie to be shot in Darjeeling. “You will have to see the film to know the story,” Ravipudi said with a smile. “The movie has everything from drama, emotion and comedy to great action,” added Ravi Teja.
Raja the Great went to the floors last week and according to the film’s director, nearly 15 days of shooting is scheduled in Darjeeling.
“I had come to Darjeeling a few months back for a recce. The place mesmerised me and so I decided to shoot my film here,” Ravipudi said.
Blockbusters such as “Mein Hoon Na” starring the Badshah of Bollywood, Sharukh Khan and Anurag Basu’s award winning “Barfi” with Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra were shot in the Darjeeling hills. Anurag Basu came back to shoot his upcoming “Jagga Jasoos” again with Ranbir Kapoor, and Vidya Balan shot some parts of “Kahani 2” in Kalimpong last year.
Closer home, for Tollywood directors Darjeeling is their favoured destination. Anjan Dutt makes it a point to shoot some scenes of his films in Darjeeling. Super-hit “Sudhu Tomari Jonno” with Soham and
Srabani was filmed here and most recently the unit of “Parakiya” directed by Shankarlal Bhattacharya was here too.
Expressing optimism about his film, Ravipudi said, “If Raja the Great becomes a super hit which I am sure it will, I am definite that more directors from the South film industry will come here to shoot."
Raja the Great, reportedly inspired by the film Blind Detective is produced by Dil Raju under the banner of Shri Venkateshwara Creation and the score is by Sai Karthik. It is set to be released in August or September this year. (EOIC)