Director Rakeysh Mehra’s next film, Mirza Sahiba, is all about a story based on a folklore set in Rajasthan. Mehra was spending a lot of time, trying to do some location hunting with his unit, to finalize on the idyllics. The director spoke to IANS, sharing some of the information –“The film is an adaptation of a folk lore and it is set in Rajasthan. It is set in today’s time. The scouting for the locations is in process. We are looking for right locations… I think we are trying to zero in on Jodhpur, Udaipur and the desert and dunes in Rajasthan”. The film is penned by writer-lyricist Gulzar, and will launch Harshvardhan, Anil Kapoor’s son into Bollywood. Film makers are now switching to the locals, owing to the falling rupee and the need to cut down on costs. Speaking about the same, Mehra had several things to opine – “I’ve never seen locations on isolation – whether it is shooting abroad or in India. The locations spring out of the story. It’s what your story and screenplay demands, where your story is set in. The story tells you where to shoot” he said.
When asked about the differentials in treatment while using foreign locales by Bollywood directors, Mehra cut straight to the point –“Film making is not about tourism. It’s not about going to Switzerland or Paris to shoot. They are about telling a story, saying something. So as a film maker, whatever my story demands, ill go to that part of the world, wherever it is” he said, winding up with an interesting statement – “The commercial repercussions is a different conversation altogether”