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Dhak Dhak team rides from Delhi to world's highest motorable pass Khardung La


The cast and crew became the first Hindi film unit to reach the spot.

Fatima Sana Shaikh, Ratna Pathak Shah, Dia Mirza and Sanjana Sanghi at the summit

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The cast of Dhak Dhak (2023), including actresses Fatima Sana Shaikh, Ratna Pathak Shah, Dia Mirza and Sanjana Sanghi, and the crew, went on the ride of a lifetime from Delhi to Khardung La for the film shoot.

The full unit made its way to the highest motorable pass in the world to shoot a scene with all the lead actresses, which is unprecedented for a Hindi film. The team braved extreme weather, including heavy rainfall, sandstorms and temperatures ranging from 48 degrees to minus two degrees before wrapping up the Ladakh schedule.

Dhak Dhak, directed by Tarun Dudeja, is being produced by Taapsee Pannu's Outsiders Films and Viacom18 Studios. The film was announced last month.
 
Speaking about the 40-day schedule from Delhi to Leh, Mirza thanked the producers, the crew and the Indian army for a smooth experience. She shared, “The most memorable instance for us as artistes was making it to the Khardung La pass! It holds such deep significance to each of our characters in the story and each one of us felt it.”

Shaikh added, “I was the most excited about this schedule as I love going for bike rides, but this journey pushed my limits, personally and as an actor. We made it through all the ups and downs and reached Khardung La! It was an unbelievable and exhilarating experience to shoot there and by the end of it I know that I’ve learnt so much more about myself as a performer and a person.”
 
Veteran actress Ratna Pathak Shah spoke about the exhilarating experience, stating how the story became part of them, “If someone had told me six months ago that I would be riding a bike all the way to Ladakh at 65, I would have laughed!”

She continued, “This film has been special to me in many ways. It has forced me to face my fears, taught me to trust myself, my colleagues and my crew in stressful situations, taken me to one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places in the world and introduced me to some wonderful people. When a film becomes an adventure for all involved, it stops being a product and becomes an experience.”
 
Sanghi revealed how the journey had been challenging and physically gruelling, yet tremendously satisfying. She said, “There are some moments in life that simply don’t feel real, that are just larger than life! Being on the road for weeks had been a transformational journey, culminating at the breathtaking Khardung La pass.”
 
Produced in association with BLM Pictures, Dhak Dhak is due to be released in theatres in 2023.