Poland Gets a Kick out of Bollywood Attraction

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Poland Gets a Kick out of Bollywood Attraction


Shackleton, Liz, Screen International


Poland is emerging as a hot new destination for Indian productions, with major films such as as Kick, Bangistan and Shaandaar all shooting at Polish locations over the past eight months.

Vikas Bahl's Shaandaar is the most recent Indian production to film in Poland - shooting for six days from November 15 at locations including Zamoyski Palace in the Lublin region and Ksiaz Castle in Lower Silesia. Produced by India's Phantom Films, the film stars Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.

Kick, starring Salman Khan and produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, filmed for 18 days in Warsaw this April, while Excel Entertainment's Bangistan, starring Riteish Deshmukh, spent 35 days shooting in Krakow in late summer. Bangistan is directed by Karan Anshuman with Poland's Szymon Lenkowski as DoP.

The producers of all three films say they were drawn by Poland's strong production infrastructure, as well as the country's locations, which range from rugged forests, castles and palaces to picturesque old towns and bustling modern cities.

"Poland is a film-friendly location and was a perfect fit for the script," said Excel co-founder Ritesh Sidhwani. "Krakow is yet to be explored in Indian films and most of the locations we needed were available in the country. …

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