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Mubarakan shooting: Anees Bazmee speaks highly of Weybridge locals

The director claims to have broken the tradition of shooting only in and near the areas populated by Indians. 


Anees Bazmee claims his upcoming directorial venture Mubarakan is the first Hindi film to have been shot in the neighbourhood of Weybridge in England.

While a lot of movies have been based on Indian Punjabis in England, a majority of them were shot in Southhall and Birmingham, as they have a huge Indian population. However, Bazmee chose a typical British neighbourhood like Weybridge for Mubarakan. The films is a family entertainer about two Punjabi families and two big fat Indian weddings.

In a statement, Bazmee said, "This beautifully looking neighbourhood was so co-operative with us throughout the shoot. Our producers ensured that they followed all the rules, informed them everything about the shoot, and never did anything that would trouble them. We not only shot during the day but also in the night. Such detailed discussions like using light in the night shoot also happened with them so that it doesn't disturb them. On a few days, when we wanted to shoot a Christmas scene, they would switch on their decorative lights in the lawn as a friendly gesture." [sic]

He also claimed that any film crew would be welcomed in these neighbourhoods for future projects: "Sometimes, some shootings create so much of inconvenience for the locals who are staying there that next time when someone goes there asking permission for a shoot, they immediately shut their doors. We are the first Hindi film who have shot in such locations and I can assure you that next time, when a Bollywood film goes there, they would be welcomed with open arms".

Mubarakan stars Arjun Kapoor in a double role as Karan and Charan, in two different looks. His uncle and actor-producer Anil Kapoor portrays the role of Kartar Singh. Ileana D'Cruz and Athiya Shetty also star in the movie playing the love interests of Karan and Charan.

Produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Ashwin Varde and Murad Khetan's Cine1 Studios, the film is slated to be released on 28 July.