The shooting of Bollywood biopic Shakeela had to be shifted from Kerala to Karnataka due to the devastating floods.
The shooting of Bollywood biopic Shakeela had to be shifted from Kerala to Karnataka due to the devastating floods. But director Indrajit Lankesh says the experience of shooting here has given them a chance to explore some unexplored locations of Karnataka. “We finished the scripting and location search for the film well in advance, which is a regular process. A week before we started rolling (in Kerala), the rain started and then the floods... So yes, it was very difficult for us to change everything immediately for our shooting. But I would say that creating Kerala in Karnataka was a blessing in disguise. We have got some of the unexplored locations in various parts of Karnataka,” Lankesh said.
“We had to create some specific structures of Kerala architecture on set to make it look authentic. We had to work a little harder to create that world (in Bengaluru), but I think it is worth investing such energy. The story is worth telling,” said Lankesh, a recipient of the Karnataka State Film Award.
The story of the film revolves around Shakeela who is known for acting in adult-themed southern Indian films — something which gave her a ‘porn star’ tag.
Sharing his view on this, Lankesh said: “I think all the tags and isolation she dealt with in her life has come from the society, especially from the narrow-minded people. She was called a porn star or a B-grade film actress. A porn film never released in theatres, all her films were certified by the authority. Since those films made huge money, it is clear that we have an audience for such content. Then why disrespect an actor to be part of such content?”