Phantom unit deemed Pakistan too unsafe to shoot and hence, recreated the location someplace else...
Director Kabir Khan, known for making films on wars and diplomatic relations between countries, is back again, this time with Phantom, an action based drama. The film revolves around global terrorism and therefore it was required that few crucial scenes be shot in Pakistan. Kabir, being the stickler for details, wanted to go to border to shoot the sequences. But the production unit did not hear any of it. Insisting that it is unsafe to shoot in Pakistan, the heartland of terrorism, they urged their director to recreate Pakistan somewhere else. Complying to their demands, Kabir chose Malerkotla in Punjab as a location to shoot these crucial scenes.
Cinematographer Aseem Mishra said, "We created Pakistan in Malerkotla in Punjab. Kabir, the production designer and I narrowed down Malerkotla because of its mosque, local people, narrow lanes and overall architecture, which creates the verisimilitude of a town from Pakistan. We dressed it up with posters and flags etc. I have given this section a little greenish warm feel to it. We got some really beautiful evening light in some of the scenes. When you see the film, it all looks so real."
Punjab, interestingly, is a favourite for Hollywood filmmakers too! Kathryn Bigelow had recreated Pakistan in Chandigarh when she shot for her film Zero Dark Thirty. Phantom is all set to hit the screens on August 27.
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