Vikram Prabhu has said shooting for his upcoming film Wagah, in which he plays a BSF (Border Security Force) officer, was extremely challenging as the movie was shot in Kashmir near the India-Pakistan border.
"We would be shooting for the film on one side and there'd be real shooting happening on the other! We would hear sounds of bombs from a distance," he told Deccan Chronicle.
South Indians At The Border
The Sigaram Thodu actor has said the team of Wagah could spot many South Indians In Kashmir. "They were very friendly and interacted with us in a happy mood," he has said.
"As it is, we were working at high altitudes. We would sometimes go to even higher planes, and some of the technicians felt breathlessness, since oxygen supply would be less in such places," Vikram told the leading daily.
Wagah is all set to hit the screens on August 12. Produced by Balavishwaanathan, the film has its music scored by D Imman. Sathish Kumar has cranked the camera.
Actress Ranya Rao is making her Tamil debut with Wagah. The 23-year-old beauty, who hails from Karnataka, is relatively new to the acting industry as she has done just a couple of Kannada movies.
The album of Wagah has 5 songs including the theme music 'Love For Our Nation'. While Vairamuthu and Mohan Raj have penned two songs each, Arunraja Kamaraj of 'Neruppu Da' fame has written a song titled 'Aaniyae Pudunga Venandaa'.
'Kumki 2' On The Cards?
Meanwhile, Vikram has revealed that talks are on to fabricate Kumki 2, a sequel to the highly successful 2012 drama Kumki. The sequel too, will most probably be directed by Prabhu Solomon.
Vikram's Upcoming Films
After Wagah, the Ivan Veramathiri star will be seen in films such as Veera Sivaji, Mudi Sooda Mannan and Neruppu Da. While Veera Sivaji and Mudi Sooda Mannan have Shamili and Manjima Mohan playing the female lead respectively, Neruppu Da has Nikki Galrani paired opposite Vikram.
But the actor has said he was well aware of the challenges involved even before the shooting commenced.
"When Kumaravelan sir (director) approached me for the role, I felt proud. I gave it my nod although I knew it would be a challenging project indeed."
Speaking about how the team of Wagah acquired permission to go about their shooting in Kashmir, Vikram has said former Chief Minister of Kashmir, Mufti Mohamed Syed's son-in-law was the one who had helped them.
"His son-in-law is from Chennai and he contacted them and put in a word. They got all the permission and approval required for our shoot. The Kashmir government, as well as the soldiers helped and gave us a lot of support. IG Vijayakumar, and armyman-turned-filmmaker Major Ravi also guided us earnestly."
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