It’s becoming increasingly difficult for our Bollywood filmmakers to find new and exciting locations for their films. Gone are the days when all they had to do was fly to any part of Switzerland and shoot. Today, the hunt is constantly on for virgin locales. And after looking for one for his remake of the 1995 hit movie Coolie No.1, David Dhawan has finally zeroed in on Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.
Speaking from the location, David says, “You have to see this place. It is a paradise on earth. We were invited by the government of Azerbaijan to visit and choose the location and we were completely bowled over. Why hasn’t anyone shot an Indian film here before?”
The original Coolie No.1 had Govinda playing the eponymous role of a railway porter who poses as a millionaire to marry an heiress played by Karisma Kapoor. In the remake, Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan are set to reprise the roles of Govinda and Karisma respectively. While the original version was shot in Mumbai, it will be interesting to see how writer Rumi Jaffrey takes the plot to Azerbaijan.