Vishal Bhardwaj and his team were in Arunachal Pradesh to shoot their film ‘Rangoon’. Several scenes were shot at Kebang in Siang district. The movie stars Saif Ali Khan, Sahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut.
Locals and Tourism Department of Arunachal Pradesh were obviously excited to see the Big Bollywood stars descend in the North-eastern state of India. Shahid and Kangana even shot a song sequence at Jonai railway station, that was choreographed by Farah Khan.
“I like to keep my cinema as realistic ass possible. We had to depict the Rangoon border of that era. The raw, unchartered terrains of Arunachal Pradesh were the closest we could get,” Vishal Bhardwaj.
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) February 29, 2016
“It was an arduous shoot in Arunachal Pradesh. We shot in jungles and locations which had no electricity, mobile networks, drinking water or even people. We often got lost because there were no roads. The terrain was challenging, as were the living conditions. But every film with Vishal sir is a journey because he doesn’t make easy films. Even during Haider in Kashmir we ventured into places considered unsafe but found a lot of support from the locals,” Shahid Kapoor.
Bollywood Films Shot in Arunachal Pradesh
The movie ‘Rangoon’ is based during World War II times when Indian soldiers fought for the British army against Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in Rangoon, Myanmar.
Before this, the Bollywood movie ‘Koyla’ (1997) (featuring SRK and Madhuri Dixit) was shot in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. The scenes were shot at a remote location that was just couple of kilometers away from the Chinese border. Raakesh Roshan chose the location for its breathtaking visuals. The movie did help promote Tawang as a major tourist destination.
Long before that, Dev Anand’s Yeh Gulistan Hamara (1972) was also filmed in Arunachal Pradesh.
John Abraham to promote Arunachal Pradesh Tourism, signs up as brand ambassador
The Arunachal Pradesh tourism board has signed Bollywood hunk John Abraham as its brand ambassador. John Abraham says that the north-eastern state has a lot to offer to its tourists, be it spectacular scenery, culture, heritage, adventure sports and music.
On my way back from the beautiful Arunachal Pradesh.Sitting in the Skyone chopper MI 172 .Russian made.Dual engine pic.twitter.com/BiSSvSlbcB
— John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) February 1, 2017
Arunachal Pradesh Tourism
Arunachal Pradesh has two capitals – Guwahati (Judiciary) & Itanagar. The state shares international borders with Bhutan, Burma & China.
Interesting places in Arunachal Pradesh includes – Tawang, Roing, Itanagar, Bomdila, Ziro, Bhalukpong, Pasighat, Namdapha National Park, Anini, Along.