During the shooting of ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI, there weren't those usual hassles associated with the making of a film that resulted in some real hard work for the production people. In fact there were quite a few logistics hassles that director Milan Luthria had to face, primarily due to the fact that the film has a period setting to it.
"We had to extensively work on the look of the film and actually spent close to eight months in pre production", states Milan who has earlier made two grand films in the form of KACHCHE DHAAGE and DEEWAR - LET'S BRING OUR HEROES HOME, "In fact that was the biggest challenge and it did take time to put it all together."
The film which is set in the Mumbai underworld of the 70s, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai in the lead. Due to quite a few actors involved as well as many other supporting actors, there was added focus on getting the costumes, hairstyles and vehicles right. "We had to do a lot of research on getting everything perfect, including props and other artifacts", says Milan, "It is one thing to understand what is needed for a film and another to actually be able to procure it."
He goes on to narrate a few interesting incidents when he couldn't procure the right vehicles and bungalows.
"There were times when some people were not quite ready to give their cars and bungalows for shoot", smiles Milan, "In a place like Paris it is easier because along with modern day architecture, the city also has its heritage value intact. However in Mumbai, you have to struggle to gain hold of the right bungalows, hotels or streets that come from a particular time zone."