As Zaheer Iqbal, Pranutan Bahl and the rest of the team along with director Nitin Kakkar lived their film Notebook through its shoot, were left emotionally staggered to witness the demolition of the film's set. The crew built a set amidst the lake of Kashmir, which in turn became their home. Post the wrap of Notebook, the set was destroyed, leaving Zaheer emotional as he wished to persuade the government to retain it as a tourist spot.
Interestingly, it took 30 days and 80 crew members working round-the-clock to create it. The set was designed by Urvi Ashar and Shipra Rawal.
[caption id="attachment_235944" align="aligncenter" width="696"] A still from the song Bumro featuring Zaheer Iqbal that gives a glimpse of the set[/caption]
Sharing the experience Zaheer said, "The day the set got demolished, Nitin Sir and I went to the set to see it and we were so heartbroken because that was our home for one month. We ate, worked, slept there, we used to literally go to the rooms that were there for Kabir and Firdaus to take naps between shots because it really felt like our home. After we saw the structure being demolished, we burst out. We also asked the producers, to speak to the government and ask them to let this set be here as a tourist spot because it's not harming anyone, but they said it's not possible. So yeah, it was heartbreaking to see, it was literally our home and was being broken in front of us. I think in my life again I want a set like this in the middle of the water as it was so peaceful and so calming to work in."
[caption id="attachment_235945" align="alignnone" width="696"] A still from Notebook's trailer featuring Pranutan Bahl that gives a glimpse of the set[/caption]
Shot in the beautiful locales of Kashmir, Notebook is directed by National Award winner Nitin and it is presented by Salman Khan. The film marks the debut of Zaheer and Pranutan. Notebook is produced by Salma Khan, Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde and is all set to release March 29.