21 June 2012
Bollywood blockbuster shot on campus hits the screens
A time-travelling romantic Bollywood movie which was partly filmed on campus at The University of Nottingham hits the cinema screens in the UK this Friday.
The film, Teri Meri Kahaani, is an unusual Hindi rom-com starring two Bollywood heartthrobs, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. ‘Thrice upon a love story’ is the tagline as the movie tells a tale of romantic drama between the same couple, but in different lives over three time periods.
Filming took place last summer at University Park in Nottingham, on the Jubilee campus and other locations throughout the city. The sequences shot on campus feature in the modern day romance between the two characters with Shahid Kapoor playing a student at the Nottingham University Business School and Priyanka Chopra a girl he literally bumps into.
Kapoor plays Krish, a business student in his early 20s who works as a waiter to support his studies at the world-renowned Nottingham University Business School on the award-winning Jubilee campus. He almost trips over Radha, played by Chopra, just as he is on his mobile phone, being dumped by his girlfriend. The couple’s romance blossoms around the University and in scenes set against the backdrop of locations around Nottingham city centre.
From contemporary Nottingham, London and Stratford-Upon-Avon, the couple travel back in time to the pre-independence Punjab of 1910 and forward to 1960s Bombay in romantic games of cat and mouse featuring historical drama, comedy, music and spectacular dance sequences.
Director Kunal Kholi said: “Teri Meri Kahaani is about soulmates. A couple who live in different eras who are destined to be together in every time period that they live in. It was three times more difficult to write Teri Meri Kahaani. I wanted to connect these three stories and keep some of it in the past and still make it youthful and modern. I wanted it to appeal to everyone. So I have created humour and situations which would be liked by everyone.”
The film’s producer Vicky Bahri said: “We looked all over the world, including South Africa and Australia, for a stunning university campus and as soon as we visited Nottingham and saw buildings like the Trent Building and the Jubilee campus with its completely different architecture we fell in love with the University and decided this was the place we wanted to film.”
The two stars of Teri Meri Kahaani will be bringing a bit of Bollywood glamour to London on Thursday 21 June, when the film has its red carpet premiere at the Cineworld Cinema in Feltham.
The film is being screened at the Cineworld at the Cornerhouse complex on Burton Street in Nottingham from Friday 22 June 2012.
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