Yash Raj Film's Gunday team is getting set to shoot some of its
action sequences in a coal mine set. The set is currently being
recreated for the next schedule. The set is the first of its kind.
The story of this upcoming film revolves around two thieves who get
involved in the coal mafia.
The director of the film Ali Abbas Zafar, Production Designer
Rajat Poddar and Director of Photography Aseem Mishra have done an
extensive research on coal mines to recreation of the set possible.
Thorough study was done in many coal fields of India, from
Singhrauli mines in UP & MP to Raniganj belt in West Bengal to
get the details right for this set.
The last time a coal mine set was seen in a Yash Raj Film was in
Yash Chopra's Kaala Patthar in 1979. Kaala Patthar had a Hollywood
team to be on board and supervise the technicality of the shooting
on location. The discussions between late Yash Chopra and the
director Ali Zafar in August 2012 proved were invaluable for
Gunday. Late Yash Chopra had shared all his experiences of shooting
the coal mine sequences of Kala Patthar with Ali. This later became
the instruction manual for the set construction for Gunday. The
team thinks of this as a small ode to the legendary Yash Chopra in
their own cinematic way.
The film starring Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and
Priyanka Chopra is set to release on February 14, Valentine's day
2014. The set is expected to see high-octane action.