Bungalows, marriage 'mandaps', coffee houses, police stations - all of this and more has been a part of set design for many a Bollywood films in the past. But ever heard of an entire functional train being made just for a film?
Well, this is what makers Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder did for their first ever production Tees Maar Khan. As is a known fact by now, Tees Maar Khan has a heist plot to it with the entire climax set on a fast running train. To ensure that there were no breaks and an entire train was available to the team for days at stretch, the makers came up with a novel idea. Instead of hiring a train, they built one all by themselves.
Confirms Farah Khan, "Yes, we have made a train especially for Tees Maar Khan. All credit to our art director Sabu Cyril who has made it look totally authentic. In fact we tease him saying that he won't get any award for his effort here since the train looks so real. Not just that, we also made an aeroplane just for the film's shoot." Making of this train came with a huge price tag as well. As much as 75 lacs were spent on building the train as well as a 500 meters long track.
"The climax requires Akshay to pull off the biggest heist ever in his life. For that, there was a large canvas which was required to be put together. Since the shooting took place in Malshej ghat, an entire train along with tracks was transported there. There was also added cost on the yard where the train was stationed when not being used during shooting", details Farah.
In fact the train wasn't driven by a professional engine driver and instead had a truck driver getting behind the wheels.
Laughs Farah, "Yes, it was actually quite amusing for the truck driver as well as this was the first time ever that he was running an entire vehicle on a fixed track. Also, he had to do quite a lot of to-and-fro on that 500 meters long track."
One wonders though that with a train in sight, was Farah able to resist her temptation to get into a 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' mode all over again? "Come on, there is a train robbery happening here, not romance. But then you never know, there could well be some surprise in store here as well. After all with Akshay around, you can expect the unexpected", teases Farah before signing off.