Escalating Costs Prompt Filmmakers to Shift Shooting Away from Delhi: Exploring Alternatives


Shooting in Delhi has become increasingly expensive, with costs soaring to 2 lakhs at Rajiv Chowk and a staggering 12 lakhs at the IGI Airport, prompting filmmakers to explore alternatives like Bhopal, Lucknow, and other cities in Madhya Pradesh.

Once considered a shooting hub, Delhi’s allure has diminished due to the skyrocketing expenses. Productions like “Stars on Earth” and “Red 2” have shifted their schedules away from Delhi, citing budget constraints.

The high cost of shooting in Delhi has prompted filmmakers to seek more affordable options elsewhere. According to reports, shooting at Rajiv Chowk metro station can cost up to 2 lakhs per hour, while the expense skyrockets to 12 lakhs per hour at the international airport.

The exorbitant costs associated with shooting in Delhi have led to shorter schedules and relocations to cheaper cities. Recent productions, like a major web series, incurred expenses of up to 44 lakhs while shooting in Delhi, prompting filmmakers to reconsider the city for future projects.

The budgetary constraints have forced filmmakers to trim Delhi’s shooting schedules. For instance, Aamir Khan’s “Stars on Earth” initially planned for a month-long shoot in Delhi but has now reduced it to 8-10 days, possibly in July.

Similar challenges were faced by Janhvi Kapoor’s film “Entangled,” part of which was scheduled to shoot in Delhi. However, due to budgetary concerns, the production has shifted its focus to Bhopal.

The escalating costs of shooting in Delhi have underscored the need for filmmakers to explore alternative locations, emphasizing the importance of budget considerations in film production.

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