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Makers of Alia and Vicky-starrer ‘Raazi’ to recreate Kashmir in Mumbai?

Meghna Gulzar’s next ‘Raazi’ starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal is based on Harinder Sikka’s bestselling novel, ‘Calling Sehmat’. While Alia will be seen playing the role of a Kashmiri spy in the film, Vicky will be portraying the role of a Pakistani Army Officer.

Kashmir is one of the pivotal elements in the narrative and the makers wanted to shoot the film there. However, reportedly, they didn’t get the permission to shoot in the Valley, due to the unrest in the state.

A unit member stated, “The original plan was to start the shoot in the Valley. However, Kashmir has been knocked off in the first schedule. Rumours are rife that Ansarul Khilafah Jammu Kashmir (the Indian facet of the IS) is threatening the local police with violence and, in such a situation, it’s in everyone’s best interest to not shoot the film in the state.”

So now, Kashmir will be recreated in Mumbai in Film City, A huge set is being made where most of the indoor scenes will be shot. (Also Read: Look test for Alia Bhatt’s next film ‘Raazi’ begins)

The unit member further stated, “A few local Kashmiri workers are building the set. Since the decor of the homes has to be authentic, local Kashmiri artworks and curios will be flown down by the producers. The set will take a few weeks to be complete.”

The shooting of the film will kickstart in Punjab by the end of this month. After the Punjab and Mumbai schedule, the cast and crew will head to Delhi.


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