Top Kollywood Film Stars give surprise to Namma Metro commuters

बंगलूरू Bangalore (SBC):  The Metro has not only the changed the way people commute but is now catching the attention of filmmakers too as Namma Metro trains and stations are now the happening places for movie shoots in Bangalore. The makers of Rana Vikrama starring Puneeth Rajkumar shot a few sequences at the Bangalore Metro Station on Monday. According to Pavan Wadeyar, this is first film in Sandalwood to be shot in a Metro. “Ranavikrama is the first #Kannada movie to shoot in #NammaMetro (sic),” he tweeted.

Ranavikrama producers too are likely to be billed Rs 2.9 lakh, the charges fixed for the four-hour schedule: two hours on the train and the rest in station areas.

A few months ago, a Telugu film unit had landed in the MG Road station. Now it’s Sandalwood’s turn to board the train.BMRC had raised a bill of Rs 2.9 lakh from the Telugu film.

Metro-stationThe introduction scene of Adah Sharma was shot there. It shows Puneeth waiting for her at the station. “As Adah arrives, the couple exchange a few words, get into a train and go home,” he says.

Apparently, it was a quite a feat to plan a shoot at such a location but it did not deter the makers of the film. “A shoot in the Metro station costs `70,000 per hour. Since Rana Vikrama is a Kannada film, we got a 25 per cent discount and paid `40,000 per hour. We also had to pay for the insurance of the train that cost `2.50 crore and a bank guarantee of `5 lakh to get permission. I was particular about shooting the scenes in the station, so I didn’t mind waiting for 15 days to make it happen,” he explains.

For all the trouble that the crew went through, the shoot went smoothly, says Pavan. “There wasn’t much of a crowd in the station during the shoot, but we did have locals who had gathered to watch,” he adds.

Meanwhile, Adah was so excited to work with Puneeth that she posted a selfie taken with the star on Twitter.  “First kannada film on the metro rail 🙂 thank u @PavanWadeyar ! And here’s a selfie with powerstar Puneeth rajkumar(sic)!” she tweeted.

The shoot continued on Brigade Road behind Rex theatre. “There is an old house where a family scene is being shot with Puneeth, Adah and Sudha Belawadi,” Pavan says.