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Scuffle on the platform!

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Friday, February 23, 2007
Sanjay Khandoori, director of Neha Dhupia-Abhay Deol starrer Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, is very excited about his film. The movie claims to be a comic thriller about a boy and a girl stranded as they miss the last 1:40 local train.

Apparently, the cast and crew had a blast while shooting for this film. Ask Sanjay to relate the funniest incident that occurred and he gleefully recalls of a time when they had to pack up the shoot because a mob started to create a havoc of the platform! Says Sanjay... "We were at the Bhayendar platform, shooting for the film. So on the first day of the shoot, there was a crowd of around 500 which had gathered. On the second day it was close to 1500. And on the third day it was around 3000. So we were totally covered from all the sides. Eventually, there was some stone-pelting that started from somewhere." Breaking into laughter, he says, "The entire unit had to hide somewhere on the platform and cover our heads with chairs. And when that didn't help, all of us rushed into the train and sat inside till the crowds were gone!"

Sanjay also had a tough time dealing with permission issues to shoot at a public place. But he credits his producers for handling it all pretty well. "It was a huge challenge to shoot on a railway platform because the permissions are very limited and of course it's a public place. There are thousands of people around who want to have a glimpse. You have to can a lot of work, more than in a regular shoot, because it is a high-priced location. So it was very challenging but I would have to appreciate my producers for this one. They gave me this platform and the train for all of the days I needed." Despite all the hitches, everything fell into place. "We came back on the same platform after a week and completed the balance sequences".

Ek Chalis Ki Last Local is a movie centred on Nilesh and Madhoo (played by Abhay Deol and Neha Dhupia). In a nutshell, the film relates how Nilesh waits for the morning local for two and half hours, falls in love with Madhoo, encounters thugs of the underworld, and ends up with two and half crore rupees! Scheduled to release in the first half of April, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local comes across as a film that will keep you at the edge of your seat!

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