After having roped in Kangana Ranaut to play a nautch girl in Rajjo, Filmmaker Vishwas Patil is making sure that there’s no compromise as far as maintaining the realistic approach in the film is concerned.
But since shooting at real red light areas was not a possibility given the long schedule, the makers have constructed elaborate sets in Borivili that look like the real locations. A production insider shares, “Since the film is based on mujra houses that are dying a slow death, we are trying to recreate the opulence of the 1972 classic Pakeezah.
Sets that grand for a film based on this topic have rarely been constructed on such a huge scale here. We have spent over five crore to recreate the red light area of Grant Road in Borivili.” The source adds that cinematographer Vinod Pradhan, for the first time after Devdas, has used extensive lightings for the sets of the film that also stars Mahesh Manjrekar and Prsahant Raj.
Talking about the sets, Vishwas says, “We wanted to give a very realistic look to our film for which extensive research was done. The writer of the film Atul Tiwari actually visited the bylanes of Hira Mandi in Lahore, Pakistan to aide us in building the sets of the places where mujra used to be performed. The sets have been done by Munish Sappal (of Rab Ne Banadi Jodi, Paheli fame).”