Love in strange places. Yes, it is a love story, a tragic one that unfolds in "absolute virgin locations".
Mirzya, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, has been shot in far away untapped locations in Rajasthan and Ladakh, sources said.
Much to the wish of the director to explore and tapped virgin locations, the entire film was shot where no Bollywood film has been shot till date.
"Right from the story of the legend of Mirza Sahiban, the folklore, I wanted to picturize this in my imaginative world for which we traveled to Ladakh and went to the remote corners, which is beyond Pangong Tso lake and Nyoma. There I found these absolute virgin locations which were on the border of China, so the Army helped us a lot," the director said.
Some of the shots in the film are said to have been shot very close to India-Pakistan border, in Thulia (17 km from the border), the sources revealed.
"When we were filming the climax of the present day story in Rajasthan, it took us to the remote desert areas which are beyond Jaisalmer, Phulia and on the border areas of Barmer. Once again, the local tourism board and the army were very helpful because these are restricted areas for any normal person to go," Mehra said.
The team traveled 90 km every day to reach the shoot locations, the sources said.
"Most of the above locations are completely untouched, while the other locations have unique situations… Like no one has ever shot during monsoon in Ladakh. This is the first time Mehra has gone out and done this," the sources said.
Mirzya is a contemporary love story, starring Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher. It releases on October 7, 2016.