The famous Wagah Border, which is situated between Pakistan and India has been created at Ballowal in India where Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif is shooting for their film ‘Bharat’, reported Indian Express.
But, why Wagah Border has been recreated in Ludhiana when original location too was in Punjab?
It is because of script’s demand that a set of Wagah Border has been setup in Ludhiana where shooting is expected to take place till November 18. But due to security reasons, Border Security Force (BSF), didn’t give permit for shooting.
Also, there were certain scenes in which actors had to cross the border and move to Pakistan side which could not have been allowed either by BSF on Indian side or Pakistan Rangers.
“There were certain scenes in which actors have to cross border and reach Pakistan side. It was not possible to shoot them at original location. Also, it wasn’t practical to shoot at Wagah Border in Amritsar as it is normally not allowed by BSF due to security reasons. It was highly unlikely that BSF might have permitted,” said the source.
Gurmukh Singh, sarpanch of village Ballowal, said, “The production team approached us almost a month back and asked if they could shoot here. I spoke to farmers whose fields they wanted to use and agreement was reached. Then the set of Wagah Border was prepared in around 20 days. Since it was difficult to get permission to shoot at actual location in Amritsar, they chose our village. Farmers have been given compensation by production house. The shooting here is likely to go on till November 18. However, the cast and crew are not staying in our village. They are staying at a high-end hotel in Ludhiana. They come here for shoot only.”