After graduating from Bachchan Pandey, actor Akshay Kumar is ready to begin filming his next one, Ram Setu. The actor will work with director Abhishek Sharma and creative producer Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi to fly to Ayodhya on March 18 to film the Mahurat of Ram Janmabhoomi’s film.
While Kumar is out on a family vacation in the Maldives and returns to work immediately upon his return, the film’s director shares that filming will be spread over several schedules over the next few months and that 80% of the film will be shot in Mumbai.
Sharma also reveals that the actor will star in a new avatar. “Akshay Sir plays an archaeologist and his appearance and character is inspired by several Indian and international professional archaeologists who work in the field. In terms of looks and character, Akshay Sir fans expect a completely new avatar from him, ”says Sharma.
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When it comes to the leading actresses – Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha – Sharma shares, “They both play strong, independent women with well-etched roles. We’ll keep your appearance under lock and key for now! “
Interestingly enough, Dwivedi came up with the idea of starting the Ram Setu journey in Ayodhya. “What could be nicer than embarking on Ram Setu’s journey than starting at Lord Ram’s birthplace,” he exclaims.
Dwivedi explains the thought behind the selection of the location and says: “After visiting Ayodhya several times myself, I suggested to Akshay and the team to start the production plan with the blessing of the holy temple of Lord Ram. We will hold our Mahurat recording in Ayodhya and start our filming on a favorable note. “
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For Sharma, Ram Setu’s journey began in 2007 when he “first received newspaper coverage of a court case related to a project to build a shipping canal in the shallow strait between India and Sri Lanka and the problems the project was facing was, read ”. .
He explains: “I found this to be an opportunity to explore the truth behind an Indian legend and was amazed at the magnitude of the subject. It is like being offered the opportunity to tell a true story that links generations of Indians to part of our heritage that is not getting the attention it deserves. “
He shares that he banned the script while it was banned last year. “I gave Akshay Sir the first draft of the script and he got on board straight away,” he adds. When it comes to the film’s research process, Sharma thanks Dwivedi for leading the team in the right direction.
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“He’s helped us immensely by giving us access and perspective on history and religion and building a team of researchers with an equal background in archeology, history, religion and science,” says Sharma, noting that the idea behind “the research” is The process was to gain a full understanding of the subject and create a film based on and supported by fact based on this true story. “
Kumar announced the film about Diwali last year by posting posters on his social media. Now that everything is planned, manufacturers are busy making sure that all security protocols are in place for a smooth shooting experience.
Says producer Vikram Malhotra, “Ram Setu will have strict protocols including travel and residence bio-bubbles, frequent health checks and a professional agency on board to fully manage these protocols. Given the complexity of the story and the resulting locations, VFX, etc., production will be spread across multiple schedules over the next several months. “
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Malhotra takes notes from past experiences to continue. “Akshay and Abundantia Entertainment were fortunate to have successfully completed filming, post-production and even the release of several of our productions during the pandemic. So there is enough learning and experience to manage production with reduced and controlled Covid-19 risks. “
According to Malhotra, Ram Setu is a story made up of facts, science and historical heritage and has been anchored in the deep faith of the Indians for centuries. “Today, with the younger generation becoming more curious about their legacy, there has never been a better time to tell stories that are deeply rooted in our country’s cultural fabric,” he adds. Kumar rounds this off by saying, “Ram Setu is a bridge between past, present and future generations.”