WARSAW: From evoking a frenzied response from fans to getting wide media coverage, the filming of Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer Kick has garnered massive attention in the Polish capital.
Director Sajid Nadiadwala, who is shooting the film’s climax here, had no idea that people would react the way they did when he parked himself in the city for the film. Wherever he goes to shoot, a mixed crowd of Indian and Polish fans of Bollywood films follow him. They also chant “Salman, Salman” whenever the superstar comes on the set.
Shooting has been in full swing since the past 10 days and Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest newspaper here, has been giving wide coverage to it.
Private Polish TV channel TVN has also been giving almost daily coverage to the Kick unit, which is expected to wrap up the shooting by the end of the month.
“The day is not far when Warsaw will be known as ‘Warsaliwood’ for Bollywood producers. The locales and natural scenic beauty would prompt Bollywood to select Poland for their outdoor shootings,” writes Michael Wojytczuk in Gazeta Wyborcza.
Interestingly, Pawel, a Polish journalist, in his tongue-in-cheek style, has offered a screenplay à la Bollywood. He wants to use the same cast as Nadiadwala has in Kick.
In his proposed story, Salman will act as a chef in an Indian restaurant, situated in the centre of Warsaw and he will bail out a Sri Lankan illegal migrant Jacqueline from the clutches of a terrorist, Randeep Hooda.
So far, neither Salman nor Nadiadwala have shown any interest. It seems they already have enough on their plate as they want to release the film by the end of July.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2014.
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