How Mumbai saved the day for a superhero

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Backstage pass: How Mumbai saved the day for a superhero


Source: Mumbai Mirror 

Date: December 2, 2013 


Before his superhero Krrish, Rakesh Roshan pulled off a superhuman feat. The filmmaker was able to capture an aerial view of the city on a chopper ride with special permission from the Air Force. The only other person to get the permit is the late Bala Saheb Thackeray's son Uddhav Thackeray. Harry Hingorani and Keitan Yadav, who worked on the much talked about plane sequence, say that it took them a year to perfect it. 


Harry says, "We had more than 56 versions of this plane sequence and we kept on improvising." Adds Ketan, "Rakeshji had to go through 11 permissions and we were not sure we would get them. Hrithik suggested Singapore and at one point, Rakeshji thought of buying footage of London buildings. Luckily, we got the permission." The bird's eye view visuals were captured with GO PRO cameras attached to the chopper and controlled by their phone. Harry explains, "An Air Force officer accompanied us on the chopper ride. We were not allowed to shoot Haji Ali or the Worli Sea link but we captured Marine Drive and Wankhede stadium to establish that the city is Mumbai. All the footage had to be sent back to the authorities for approval." 


Other than the chopper ride, the duo spent three months terrace-hopping across the city's skyscrapers to capture views of live traffic for the sequence which starts with Hrithik chasing a crashing airplane and saving the day by pulling out its stuck wheel. Though fake lightweight tyres were used, Hrithik who was nursing a back injury was not keen on spending too much time in the harness. "A normal, fit man cannot hang in the harness for a minute. Hrithik had a back problem and we knew that he would get angry if he was suspended for a long time. So everything was planned in advance and if not for his top notch fitness, it would have been difficult to execute. Hrithik gave the shots in one go," says Keitan.