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Ranbir rocks little Tibet

November 18, 2010

Ankur Batra and Peden Doma Bhutia
Nov 17, 2010

The Norbulingka Institute at Dharamshala is no stranger to demonstrations voicing Tibetan concerns. However, on Sunday morning, the residents living in and around this area were in for a pleasant surprise when Ranbir Kapoor and the crew of "Rockstar" came to the institute to shoot a song "Sadda Haq" voicing the Tibetans' struggle for freedom. 

Norbu Wangyal, who was present at the shooting, said. "The shooting started right in front of the main temple at 8am and continued till 6pm. Hundreds of Tibetan fans and artistes of Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts took part in the shooting, which required spectators holding the Tibetan national flag and placards that read "Time for Tibet," and "Freedom of Expression". The team then proceeded towards Gagal Airport to shoot the next day." 

Talking about his connection with the place, director Imtiaz Ali said, "I have explored many places, but I feel confident and content on visiting Himachal." 

The female lead, Nargis Fakhri, also reached Dharamshala on Saturday. Sources say Imtiaz, being an avid reader, has been reading a lot about Buddhism. And that's why he decided to have Dharamshala— one of the centres of Tibet's freedom movement— as one of the locations in "Rockstar". Before the project took off, Imtiaz is said to have visited this place at least twice. A source added, "Even now when the shoot is on, he, along with Ranbir, visits monasteries to have a deeper understanding about Tibetan culture. He has visited many monasteries." On Tuesday, he's likely to visit Siddhbadi and Mcleodganj. 

Though Imtiaz did not elaborate much on the project, he said, "It talks about the life of a talented singer, Jordan, who struggles to make his way to stardom." 

He further said, "I have been talking to monks as well. I am quite impressed by Buddhist ideologies." A unit member confirmed that besides the places of religious importance, they will also shoot at food joints. "The shoot will extend up till November 18," he said.
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