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Bollywood heads to Kargil

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Published Jul 31, 2019, 12:11 am IST
Updated Jul 31, 2019, 9:25 am IST
Currently there are two films on the Kargil conflict in the works, both bankrolled by Karan Johar.
Sidharth Malhotra
 Sidharth Malhotra

There have been six films on the India-Pakistan clash from Indian filmmakers, but none shot at the said location. Everyone has moved to other parts of Kashmir or Leh and Ladakh to film the sequences, rather than venture into dangerous territory. Currently there are two films on the Kargil conflict in the works, both bankrolled by Karan Johar. While the Janhvi Kapoor film Kargil Girl, which is a biopic on Gunjan Saxena, is being filmed in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, the Vikram Batra biopic starring Sidharth Malhotra will now be shot in Kargil.

“Yes, this is the first time that a film is being shot in Kargil, 20 years after the Kargil conflict took place. It was considered to be rather dangerous earlier and it was also an expensive thing to lug all the crew and the equipment all the way up there. But this is a first for Shershaah. The makers wanted a lot of realism in the film which is why the location was finalised after a recce showed that it is safe to film there. Of course there will be a lot more security in place,” informs a Bollywood source.

 

Earlier, films like Ashwini Chaudhary’s Dhoop, and Raveena Tandon’s Stumped (2003), LOC Kargil (2004) were shot in Leh. Hrithik Roshan starrer Lakshya came the next year, and was shot in Ladakh. Mani Shankar’s Tango Charlie (2005) was shot all over India, and Pankaj Kapur’s debut directorial film Mausam (2011) was shot all over the world but not in Kargil.

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