Bollywood returning to Kashmir? Sushant Singh Rajput’s RAW to be shot in valley
Kashmir has been a favourite location for Bollywood’s movies for decades. Numerous films, from Kashmir Ki Kali and Highway to Bajrangi Bhaijaan, have been filmed in the Valley. Unfortunately, ever since militancy took root there, the shoots have dwindled over the years. Mumbai Mirror has learnt that Sushant Singh Rajput’s upcoming Romeo Akbar Walter aka RAW, an espionage thriller set in 1971 against the backdrop of a prelude to the 1972 Indo-Pak war, will be shot in Kashmir and will extensively feature the region. The crew has already planned to film at an old railway station in Jammu, a restaurant and hotel in Kashmir, and will soon go on a recce.
“The film is set in 1971 but it isn’t about the war. The story is inspired by true incidents. We’re going to be filming in multiple regions in the Indian sub-continent, including Kashmir and Nepal. We are prepping up to create a thrilling world, the kind you haven’t seen before. Our sole aim is to capture the look and feel of the era,” writer-director Robbie Grewal told the tabloid, adding that it was producer Bunty Walia who came up with the interesting title for the project.
Grewal is a popular ad-filmmaker, had been writing the script of RAW for the last four years. His directorial debut was with the 2003 Sushmita Sen-starrer, Samay, and later he went on to co-produce Shoojit Sircar’s 2005 film, Yahaan. “The leading lady is crucial to the story but we’re yet to lock an actress,” Grewal informs, adding that Sushant will not only be playing Romeo, Akbar and Walter but is set to have many unique identities and looks.