Herald: Sattari, latest hotspot to shoot Hindi films
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Sattari, latest hotspot to shoot Hindi films

04 May 2018 06:32am IST

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DEVENDRA GAONKAR Nanoda, sattari

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04 May 2018 06:32am IST

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DEVENDRA GAONKAR Nanoda, sattari

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Amir Khan‘s Thugs of Hindostan gives local artistes a chance to take part in the film

Sattari has emerged as the latest hotspot for shooting of Indian films in Goa. The “Mr Perfectionist” Aamir Khan has shot his upcoming movie 'Thugs of Hindostan' at Malya ground in Nanoda village and also at the famous tourist spot Movacho guno at Sonal village in Valpoi recently.

It is a Hindi action-film written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and based on Philip Meadows Taylor's 1839 fiction.

According to Shiva Production Goa, the producers gave a chance to many local artistes from Nanoda and Sonal village to act in this movie. The producer has also used many traditional village materials for this movie.

Sattari, gifted with a serene environment and scenic beauty, has emerged as the latest hotspot for shooting Indian films in Goa with four hit Bollywood movies Saat Hindustani, Dum Maro Dum, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, and the 'Go Goa Gone' shot earlier in the taluka.

Besides this, recently two Marathi films 'Monel Maya' and 'Maha Prayan' were entirely shot in the two remote villages of Sattari, Savarde and Hivrem. In these two Marathi movies 80% local artistes got an opportunity to act.

Mega Star Amitabh Bachchan's 'Saat Hindustani' was the first film shot in Sattari, in 1969.

The title song of 'Dum Maro Dum' featuring Deepika Padukone and Abhishek Bachchanturned out to be one of the hit numbers. It was shot in the Dongurli Thane Panchayat area. 

Though a number of initiatives are being taken by the state government to attract film producers to shoot in Goa, Sattari has emerged as a hotspot mainly due to the array of scenic locations including the beautiful temple of Lord Brahma, a historic fort, seasonal waterfalls, lush tropical greenery, rocky hills, medicinal spring and gushing rivers which offer a wide scope for film shooting.

“Ashutosh Gowariker’s film 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' was shot in the rustic farm, at Rivem village. I have seen the filming of the movie. Once upon a time I was working at the farm. Also many Bollywood actors like Jacky Shroff and Sunil Shetty have visited that farm,” says Keshav Veluskar, a local.

“For the past 20 years, I am performing in theatre art. I got one role to play in the Marathi movie called 'Maha Prayan'. In this film 90% artistes are from Sattari. The whole film was shot in Savarde Panchayat area. There are many Goan artistes but only few get a chance to perform on the big stage. So we demand a mini theatre in the taluka,” says Nakul Veluskar, a local artiste.

However, the authorities seem to be unaware of the growing popularity of the taluka among Bollywood film makers and are mainly focussing on tourism. Although the panchayats do not directly benefit from film shooting, the state gets much needed revenue. So we demand the government to make our taluka a favourite for filming movies in Goa, so that we can earn some money,” says Satyawan Gaonkar, Thane Panchayat panch.

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