Best known for Bollywood films like Hum Tum (2004) and Fanaa (2006), during one of his recent interviews, ace Bollywood film maker Kunal Kohli reveals about shooting Lahore Confidential during lockdown.
The well renowned and noted Indian film maker who is also known for romantic comedy Break Ke Baad (2010) starring Deepika Padukone and former Bollywood actor Imran Khan also made his official Bollywood debut as an actor with Phir Se (2018) which also marked the official big screen debut of the gorgeous and finely nuanced TV superstar and diva, Beyhadh (Sony TV, 2016) fame Jennifer Winget. The director is back to the screens after a long time, where during his recent interview, Kunal Kohli reveals about shooting Lahore Confidential during lockdown.
Spilling the beans about how they shot for the digital film Lahore Confidential within the lockdown in just a span of 21 days where he is very thankful and glad that none of his cast and crew was down with COVID 19. Elucidating on the same point, he said, “When producer Ajay Rai of JAR productions gave me a chance to direct this very interesting story I said, ‘Why not? Waise bhi main ghar baitha tha COVID ke chalte. We shot the entire film in Lucknow in 21 days during the pandemic”.
It was a miracle and indeed by god’s graces, not even a single person from the cast and crew caught the COVID 19 bug. Explaining the same, the film maker says, “I guess we were blessed. We chose Lucknow because its topography and culture are a lot like Lahore”.
Lahore Confidential is the sequel to London Confidential which starred Made In China (2019) fame stunning actress Mouni Roy and film actor Purab Kohli in lead roles. But Lucknow Confidential’s story is a bit from the original one as here it primarily revolves around the story of an Indian spy played by the exemplary actress Fukrey (2013 – present) fame Richa Chadha falls in love with a Pakistani poet played by the Aisha (2010) film fame actor Arunoday Singh. The web film will be premiering on 11th December 2020 on popular OTT streaming platform Zee 5.
Kunal also quipped and exclaimed about the addiction of OTT platforms as, “There is so much exciting content being generated for the OTT platform. While I was shooting in Lucknow I would return to my hotel room and watch Hansal Mehta’s Scam 1992 on my laptop. I was hooked! Although I was dead tired every night I had to watch Hansal’s series. When I returned to Mumbai I saw the whole series again. That’s how addictive OTT content can be”.