On July 26, 2019, Akshay Kumar announced his upcoming film titled Bachchan Pandey. The superstar unveiled his look from the actioner that is directed by Farhad Samji. Later, Kriti Sanon was confirmed as his leading lady. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bachchan Pandey is delayed. Now, according to a leading daily's report, Akshay and Kriti will be kickstarting the shoot of the film in Jaisalmer in January and will continue till March.
As per a source close to Bachchan Pandey, the production team is ready with the necessary permissions and the shoot locations are also locked. "Akshay, along with leading lady Kriti Sanon, director Farhad Samji and the rest of the unit will fly to Jaisalmer for a marathon schedule of over 60 days during which they will be filming in real locations. Last month, the production team secured all the requisite permissions and locked the shooting spots," the source told.
Reportedly, the team of Bachchan Pandey will be staying at a Palace hotel in Jaisalmer and will be shooting some indoor sequences there itself. For elaborate action sequences, teams from across the country will be reportedly joining the crew. Talking about the precautions that will be taken throughout the shoot, the source said, "The team will undergo an extensive workshop on all SOPs to ensure a no-contact set. The entire cast and crew will undergo a mandatory Covid test towards December end and the crew will be quarantined for three days before the shoot. Special medical rooms have been set up in Jaisalmer and locations will be sanitised the night before the shoot."
According to the report, Akshay plays the role of a gangster in Bachchan Pandey who meets a journalist, played by Kriti. Their love for cinema brings them together. Akshay's character is reportedly a wannabe actor while Kriti aspires to become a director. "Akshay is looking forward to exploring the crime space that elicits laughs. His get-up will be high on prosthetics," the source added.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)