Raniganj near Durgapur is all set to be the location for the shooting of an upcoming Bollywood movie, Gunday. Major portion of the movie will be shot in the Khottadihi open cast mine under the Eastern Coalfields Limited, a CPSU coal company operating in Raniganj coalfields – just 18 Km from Durgapur.
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Gunday also stars Irfan Khan, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in the lead actress role. This Yash Raj Films production is slated to release on Valentine’s Day Feb 14, 2014. Shooting of the film is already going on, but the portions that are to be shot at Raniganj will start from next week.
According to the ECL authority, the shooting will start on 16 September and will continue for five days. Mr Manoj Kumar, GM, Khottadihi OCP, said: “They will shoot in our mine for five days. They already have taken the necessary permission for this.”
He added: “This is very encouraging and we have been told most of the scenes will be shot on the surface, and won’t hamper the mine’s regular production.”
Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapor play gangsters Bikram and Bala. Priyanka Chopra would play the two actor’s love interest. Bikram and Bala are two small time thieves who later turned coal mafia.
In a recent media interview, actor Arjun Kapoor has said that his upcoming film ‘Gunday’ is not as aggressive and action-oriented film as it is being perceived. In fact, he says it is a wholesome family entertainer.
In 1994, another Hindi movie Patang directed by Gautam Ghosh depicting life and modus-operandi of the coal Mafia was shot at Raniganj coal field area. The film was based on a story by former West Bengal police ADG Ayan Rashid Khan, who incidentally hailed from Raniganj.
Raniganj coalfields incidentally has witnessed looting of coal reserve by the organised Mafia since nearly two decades and police have from time to time managed to book the kingpins behind the random pilferage of national property. So what better place can one find than Raniganj to shoot a movie that surround on the life of mafias.