SHILLONG, Sep 13: Shillong is fast becoming a sought after destination for film shootings with yet another one of such movies scheduled to be shot here soon.
The Bollywood movie ‘Keh Do Na’ will be shot in Shillong and the entire filming activity is expected to boost the state’s tourism industry besides promote the rich traditions and culture of the indigenous people of the state.
The romantic film is a joint venture between a Mumbai-based Aura MX Entertainment and KK Pictures, a Meghalaya film production house.
It all started two years ago, when Karan Kashyap, producer and director of Aura Mx Entertainment fell in love with Shillong which mesmerized him by its scenic beauty.
“I decided right there that I would come back and a make a film here,” Kashyap said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
Kashyap’s first film “Six Hours with Terrorists” was an uncut film running 2 hour and 17 minutes. The whole film was shot in a single take bagging Kashyap a world record.
He said that 90 per cent of the upcoming romantic film would be shot in Shillong even as he announced that a maximum of the artists will also be from the region who will be trained in extensive workshops.
“The film intends to highlight Meghalaya’s culture and folk dance. Only 10 per cent of the film will be shot in Mumbai and the main cast too will be from Meghalaya and a little from Mumbai,” Kashyap said.
The head of KK Pictures, Kitbok Kharmalki said that while the leading actor of the film will be from Mumbai, the female leading actor and other artists will be from the state.
Kharmalki, who had also directed the first Khasi horror movie ‘Dak Bangla’ informed that the audition for this purpose would be organized on October 27. The proposed venue at U Soso Tham Auditorium is however yet to be finalized.
“We appeal to talented people who are interested in acting to come forward and take advantage of this golden opportunity,” he said. According to him, the film will also engaged singers from the state.
Kashyap meanwhile informed that they also proposing to start the shooting of the film in the month of November and release it on April next year.