Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Terror Tension at Film Shoot

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Terror Tension at Film Shoot

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JOEL Edgerton felt the aftershocks of the devastating 2008 attacks in Mumbai when he was in India filming his latest movie.

Edgerton and fellow Australian actor Radha Mitchell were half way through filming The Waiting City in Calcutta when India's financial capital was targeted by terrorists in a series of bombings and shootings on November 27.

A total of 160 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

Edgerton and Mitchell were more than 2000km away on the other side of the country, but said they felt the effects.

Several members of the Indian cast and crew had family and loved ones hurt in the deadly strikes a one actor's friend was shot in the stomach and lost her entire family in the attack on the Taj Hotel.

"In the bigger picture a it felt quite weird to be a bunch of outsiders making a movie there, knowing that a lot of the crew were quite deeply affected by it," Edgerton says, adding it was like continuing to make a film in Sydney when Melbourne was under attack.

"There we were, trying to keep the whole thing on track, and then you're thinking, a[approximately]Well, do we deserve to keep making the movie, because we're making fiction when there's extreme real life going on?'

"And then there was the personal selfish side of it a am I safe? Are we all safe? We're staying in a five-star hotel, gathering massive crowds every day, drawing attention to the fact that we're a group of westerners shooting a movie."

As gruesome and deadly as they were, the attacks did not halt or hinder Edgerton's growing affection for the country.

"I totally fell in love with India," he told AAP in Sydney ahead of the film's red carpet premiere on Monday night.

"Here's the thing: if you point a camera anywhere in India you get this amazing free art direction.

"There's atmosphere in the air, this density."

In The Waiting City, Edgerton plays a has-been musician who, together with his breadwinner wife (Mitchell), travels to the third world country to adopt a baby. …

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