Bollywood Hungama had reported a few weeks ago how Vidhu Vinod Chopra revealed in his book, “Unscripted, written by Abhijat Joshi, how he intelligently cuts the costs of his films. He had to do it in the initial period of his career because he was really short of money. But even when his films started making money, he didn’t give up on the practice. In the book, Vidhu recounted some interesting anecdotes in this regard, such as how he shot Gateway Of India during Parinda‘s (1989) culminates illegally to avoid obtaining permits and thus pay for the filming, how he refused a chartered flight and a room dear to Amitabh Bachchan during Eklavyafilming of (2007) and how he told Wazir (2016) Director Bejoy Nambiar will shoot with Rajkumar Hirani’s pet because he’s a “ free dog ”!
In ‘Unscripted’, Vidhu Vinod Chopra reveals another interesting anecdote worth reading. Munna Bhai MBBS (2003) was his first production which he did not direct. Directed by newbie Rajkumar Hirani, the film had a wedding scene in the finale. However, it was not really a typical scene. A series of wedding photographs, of the protagonists (Sanjay Dutt and Gracy Singh) were supposed to be displayed on screen, with a background voiceover by Yatin Karyekar (who played the role of Anand).
As expected, Vidhu Vinod Chopra was not in favor of erecting a wedding ensemble. Therefore, the film unit went to a real wedding! They congratulated the newly married couple, then sat down and waited for the reception to end. After the bride and groom left the stage, Sanjay Dutt and Gracy Singh sat down in the throne-shaped chairs. Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and others have also joined them. The photographer was also present and he quickly took the necessary pictures.
Not only that, instead of having expensive wedding clothes sewn, Rajkumar Hirani decided to rent them instead. Gracy Singh was not happy with this arrangement and complained to Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay was angry and said that rather than wearing rented suits, he would instead buy the wedding clothes for himself and Gracy. Which Rajkumar Hirani told him to do if he wanted to because the budget was really a problem for them.
I’m sure after reading these trivia many readers would love to go back and revisit said scene. Interestingly, now that we see the wedding snaps in the movie, we realize that these look very real and straight out of life. And that’s understandable because it was indeed shot in a real wedding venue and in a real setup.
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