[At first the majority of this entry was going to be in video format, but I’m having a hard time uploading video that’s more than 10 megabytes in size.]
We shot at the Howrah train station today, which is an enormous train station in the heart of the city. One of the challenging aspects of the day was the enormity of people at the station. The press had somehow found out that May 29th had been secured as the day we were shooting at the station, and they saw fit to publish that as news. So in addition to hordes of reporters, photographers, and camera crews, we also had a lot of people standing around watching. I don’t mean “a lot of people” as in 80 people on some street corner in midtown. I mean thousands of people.
The production hired 100 security guards (private and police); though their attempts at crowd control often seemed futile (I don’t know how it’s possible to keep thousands of people from doing what they collectively want). Barring a few fights between photographers (sidenote: I was amused by several photographers who fought over a place to stand so that they could get “the best shot” of us shooting a quick scene) and a couple of onlookers getting roughed up by the cops, the day didn’t bring any actual crowd-related problems.
The prodigiousness of the station itself made it feel as though the entire location was a character in the film.
Video clips: (more added as I figure out how to upload large files)
click here for Clip 1
The first video is a very short clip of our 2nd 2nd Assistant Director, Akshay, relaying a message from out 1st Assistant Director, Dylan, that a camera rehearsal with the background actors and standins is about to happen. You see Mira discussing the shot with Irfan, and Dylan relaying another message to Akshay.