Bollywood actors Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan, who along with their team and crew, arrived in Itanagar on March 3 to shoot for their upcoming horror drama ‘Bhediya’ at various locations in Arunachal Pradesh.
The cast and crew of the Hindi film met Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu and assembly speaker Pasang Dorjee Sona.
Director of ‘Bhediya’, Amar Kaushik, who had grown up in Arunachal, was also present, along with the producer of the film, Dinesh Vijan.
During the meeting, they discussed on ways to promote Arunachal Pradesh through films and cinemas.
“It has been my dream to come and shoot in Arunachal. It’s a day of great pride for me that today I am here. People staying in cities honestly don’t know much about Arunachal or what’s happening here. But once I got attached to this movie, and our director, I learned about Arunachal and how it is a part of our film. I think it’s high time we connect the youth of our country to Arunachal,” Varun told media persons in Itanagar.
Chief minister Pema Khandu later tweeted photographs from the interaction and said: “Pleased to meet Bollywood Star Shri @Varun_dvn Ji & @kritisanon Ji and their team during their call on. They are in Arunachal to shoot for the movie #BHEDIYA. Happy to know they are enjoying their time here and are keen on promoting #Arunachal as popular film destination.”
“It was lovely meeting Shri @amarkaushik Ji, a popular Bollywood Director today during his call on with producer team of movie #Bhediya. Shri Kaushik Ji grew up in Arunachal. His father was a forest ranger who worked for the Indian Forest Service and his mother a school teacher,” Khandu added.
Actors from Arunachal in ‘Bhediya’
‘Badlapur’-fame actor Varun Dhawan informed that 70 per cent of the talent in ‘Bhediya’ are from the state and after he had interacted with some of them in Mumbai, he realised that they love cinema and art.
“One of the characters from our movie that Amar has written is from Arunachal itself and he plays an integral part in the movie,” he said.
“For me, as an artist, it is amazing to know that we have so much talent in our country. The nation will see how much talent is there in Arunachal,” he said.
While, Kriti said: “The people here are very peaceful and sweet. I am sure our whole schedule is going to go very, very well. As a tourist person, I would love to explore the place.”
Directed by Amar Kaushik, the movie will feature Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Deepak Dobriyal and Abhishek Banerjee in the lead roles.
‘Bhediya’ will be high in VFX and prosthetics. Written by Niren Bhatt, ‘Bhediya’ will release in theatres on April 14, 2022.