Thursday, June 07, 2007
The shooting a film involves a lot of different locations, some of them pretty weird too. Mumbai is famous for its 'Chor Bazaar' and never has any one shot there before. The reason for this is genuine too. Actually, it is difficult to shoot there as it is an illegal market and no shopkeeper wants to bring his shop on camera.
But, the shooting of the movie 'Journey.... Bombay to Goa' began at the very 'illegal' place. It was an important sequence in the film, as the bus used in the movie is from 'Chor Bazaar'! Despite being such an important part of the film, the vehicle does not belong to any company or brand as it has been assembled using parts bought from this very 'chor' bazaar of Mumbai.
In the movie, the bus has been custom designed by Vijay Raj and the front portion is like that of a kangaroo and the roof is German-styled. Going by demand of the story, the crew was forced to shoot there. Talking about his experience, laughter champion winner comedian Sunil Pal had says, "It is not easy to shoot in 'Chor Bazaar', people do not co operate and are pretty reluctant."
The cast and the crew were mentally prepared for any kind of trouble. But to everyone's surprise the shopkeepers were extremely co-operative with them and lent their complete support. The shopkeepers liked the concept of the film and did not interrupt the shoot at any point of time.
They not only showered their love and blessing on the actors, but also gave then a treat! All the actors were happy that they got an opportunity to shoot at 'Chor Bazaar' and know the place closely. Sunil was so impressed by the variety of things that were available at the place that he even suggested to rename the place as the 'Thief Shopping Mall'!