Earlier we gave you an exclusive that the Akshay Kumar starrer Desi Boyz was being shot in Oxford, England. If you thought that was cool wait until you see this report straight from the set. Directed by first time director Rohit Dhawan, son of renowned filmmaker David Dhawan and co-produced by Eros International, the film also stars John Abraham, who is for the first time paired opposite Deepika Padukone while Akshay’s love interest will be played by Chitrandga Singh.
In our last exclusive report on the Oxford shooting, we revealed that Akshay Kumar is playing a University student. Now we can reveal a bit more: He falls in love with Chitrandga who plays a lecturer at Trinity College, University of Oxford. Kumar also posted on Twitter that he filmed a song with her, which was shot in the Bodleian Library: “Shooting with my new heroine Chitrangada for her first eva commercial song for Desi Boyz… (Sic)”
Halima Nyomi Khan, a Bollywood fan and aspiring actress, who lives in Oxford was lucky enough to get cast as an extra o the film and she shares her experience on working with the stars and how it all came about: “When I first heard the news of Akshay Kumar’s arrival, I leapt out of my seat with excitement, and then quickly brought myself together to figure out ways to meet him and find out where the shoots would be. To my luck, after a few failed attempts of stalking, I bumped into his bodyguard and his driver who kindly informed me about his whereabouts, luckily again, I ended up being cast as an extra.”
She went on to tell us, “So not only did I meet Akshay, I ended up being in the film and meeting the heartthrob John Abraham too! As an aspiring actress and a Bollywood fanatic it was a great privilege to be a part of the film and being among the stars and directors. Not many people can say ‘I graduated from Trinity College with Akshay!’ When the shootings were going on, I felt closer to my own people, and it felt like little India. The best part of the whole experience was being close to the AD’s and the film crew, I met a lot wonderful people who work off screen and hope to keep in contact with them.
As for what is happening now, John and Deepika are currently shooting some of their portions of the film. As for Akshay Kumar, he is currently in India but we hear he will be in London next week to shoot a major song.
Stay tuned to BollySpice because we will be bringing you an exclusive report on the London schedule of Desi Boyz!
For now have a look and then another at the cool and exclusive shots from the set.
Photo credit: FG
Photo credit: Halima Nyomi Khan