Jamia Millia Islamia becoming hotspot for film shootings

New Delhi, Mar 25: The prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in New Delhi is increasingly becoming a hotspot for film locations with the huge campus and large auditoriums of the varsity attracting filmmakers who are making a beeline to shoot their projects in the institute.

Though the Delhi University (DU) is the top favourite among Bollywood directors, the JMI varsity administration becoming lenient with film shoots in the varsity is boosting the university’s ranking in the favorite list of the filmmakers who generally avoid approaching the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for film shooting purpose due to its tedious process.

Some projects shot at Jamia

Recently a Subway India advertisement was shot at the Jamia varsity. The ad makers invested around Rs 2.5 lakh to renovate a classroom as per their requirement for the advertisement. The shooting of the grand finale of the popular youth reality show, ‘Bigg Boss 12’, was done at one of the auditoriums of the JMI.

Recently, a movie starring Mahie Gill and titled ‘Doordarshan’ was shot in the campus. Noted film director Imtiaz Ali also visited the university for doing recce for his upcoming movie ‘Love Aaj Kal 2’. However, things did not materialize as Ali was looking for shooting science laboratory scene but the university’s laboratory did not match his requirements. The director will now be shoot the particular portion at an university in Mumbai.

The movie ‘Panga’ starring Kangana Ranaut was recently shot at the Jamia campus, which also played host to a Malayalam film.

Jamia advantages

According to filmmakers, the greatest advantage of shooting a movie in Jamia is that they do not have to procure additional security as the varsity has a strong security in place. Besides, the varsity’s auditoriums, classrooms and lawns give several shooting location options to the filmmakers. Also, due to its architect, film directors can even recreate government offices in Jamia.

Cost effectiveness is another reason for the filmmakers to choose Jamia. According to insiders, shooting at the Delhi University, which is a hot favourite with Bollywood, is more costly than the Jamia. The JMI, according to the insiders, charge only Rs 50,000 per day for shooting and also gives concession if the movie contains a social message.