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Anurag Kashyap: Red light areas are real locations in DEV D

February 11, 2009 11:20:38 AM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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While DEV D is a success at the box office today, it is also gaining brownie points for the real life portrayal of quite a few people and places in the narrative. A vast chunk of the film is set in the red light zone of Paharganj, New Delhi, which is notorious for flesh trade and easy access to prostitutes from the West. Though one tends to believe that majority of shoot would have been held in custom-made sets, Anurag Kashyap reveals that it was just the opposite.

''We went into real locations for the shoot of red light areas in DEV D. That's because we didn't want these portions, which were so crucial to the film, to carry a stereotypical look and feel. So we actually shot in Paharganj with all the neon lit streets intact. These are the places where hundreds of tourists stay on in search of 'nirvana' and all'', reveals Anurag Kashyap who is happy with commercial as well as critical success coming his way.

Wasn't it risky shooting on the real locations?

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''Number of such scenes were set in interiors so it wasn't particularly difficult. However, for the outdoor shots, we followed the approach that we had taken in BLACK FRIDAY. We did a guerilla shoot and hence onlookers were unaware that they were on camera. Even the music which was playing in the background on real locations wasn't altered since it was going well with the narrative'', says Anurag.

In fact Anurag also visited his college of graduation, Hansraj in Delhi University, to shoot some scenes for the film.

''Well, I even asked some of my teachers to act in a scene or two that were set in the University. It was my small way of getting in touch with them again'', concludes Anurag with a smile.

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