नयी दिल्ली New Delhi: Former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi on Monday disclosed in the Lok Sabha that the producers of James Bond flick ‘Skyfall’ had approached him to shoot a train sequence in India. However, they refused to accept his condition that they would not show passengers travelling atop the train.
Participating in the discussion on railway budget, Trivedi narrated the anecdote when the aides of Daniel Craig, who played the character of James Bond, had approached him during his days in the rail ministry, seeking permission to shoot a train sequence for ‘Skyfall’. “I put three conditions: that they will not show that passengers in India travel on roofs of trains, that will not compromise with safety during the shoot, and that James Bond would sign up as the brand ambassador for Indian Railways. “As per the third condition, which was only added in jest, James Bond would be required to say that “Indian Railways is stronger than James Bond”.
While the producers accepted the second and even the third condition, they said they did not want to shoot in India if they could not show people on train rooftops. “There will be a scene where James Bond is going to fight on the roof of the train. Otherwise, why would we come to India?” they replied. Even though Trivedi said the talks fell through as he said he would never permit the producers to “show us in poor light,” he acknowledged that people travelling on train rooftops was an image that had come to be associated with Indian Railways across the world. “Why, even the Bollywood song “Chaiyya Chaiyya” was shot on a train rooftop,” recalled Trivedi.