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It was apt that Kya Dilli Kya Lahore, which talks about the bond between an Indian and a Pakistani soldier stationed at the Indo-Pak border, be shot at real locations. However, because of permission issues, it was not possible to shoot the film in this sensitive area and that's when producer Karan Arora opted for a rather interesting location, the Fiji Islands.
"We wanted an open landscape with sand dunes, and since I had visited the country to shoot for some other film, it struck me that Fiji was the perfect option. It had a very intriguing landscape, the sea on one side and sand dunes and bushes on the other. We shot at Singotoka Dunes which was an amazing stretch of dunes. Besides shooting in the open, we also created a small army chowky to complete the picture of the Indo-Pak border," says Arora, adding that KDKL was the first Indian film to be shot there.
What was an added attraction for the producer were the tempting offers of the Fiji government. "We saved almost 47 per cent because the country gave several discounts on shooting locations and local crew."
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is directed by Vijay Raaz who is also acting in the film, while Manu Rishi, Raj Zutshi and Vishwajeet Pradhan comprise the other cast. It is slated to release in January next year.