Early Sunday morning on April 3, Jamia was bustling with an unusual crowd. Unusual in the sense that the crowd didn’t have books etc, instead were busy with something else — a film shoot.
Jamia turned host for a forthcoming Bollywood movie titled “Sadda Adda,” currently being shot in Delhi.
The movie is being directed by Muazzam Beg, who is an alumnus of Jamia’s Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC).
Beg has been a constant on many film’s credits roll, writing stories for three films in the past for Ganesh Acharya, and a forthcoming film for Imtiaz Ali, with Ranbir Kapoor, titled “Rockstar.” This movie is Beg’s directorial debut.
According to popular knowledge, the movie is being made on a budget of Rs. 8 crores and is produced by Raj Taru Studios.
The shoot, which was scheduled for 8 a.m, started around 9 a.m, at the Jamia amphitheater.
The scene was of a cultural event, and heavy preparations were made for it. Cast and crew was a mix of different cultures. There were local artists, Marathi crew, and an English director of photography named Harvey.
The movie stars are newcomers: Karan Sharma, Ridambra and Shaurya Chauhan.
After the scene at the amphitheater, the action shifted to the FastTrax Cafe lawns.
Takes after takes followed, and Jamia got a new, unexplored high, since this is the first time any Bollywood movie is being shot on Jamia campus.
The shoot went on till late evening, and after a full day of work, the crew packed up for the their next location at another Delhi locale: Shri Ram Center.
The scene to be shot there, also has some presence of Jamia theater group, said Momin Mobeen Khan, a member of the group.
Scenes From the Event