Once you stay in a place for longer than 10 days, the place automatically becomes your house. That is exactly what happened with newcomers Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bahl. The two young actors, who are set to make their Bollywood debut with the movie Notebook, saw their sets, which had turned like their home, be demolished.
As Zaheer Iqbal along with director Nitin Kakkar lived their film Notebook through its shoot, the team was emotionally staggered to witness the demolition of the film’s set. Marking the debut of Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan, Nitin Kakkar directorial Notebook is not only based but also shot in Kashmir. For the development of the film, the crew built a set amidst the lake of Kashmir, which in turn turned into their home. Post the wrap of the film, the set required to be destroyed and an emotional Zaheer wished to persuade the government to retain it as a tourist spot.
Zaheer Iqbal sharing the experience 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 have eaten there, worked there, slept there, we used to literally go to the rooms that were there for Kabir and Firdaus and take naps between shots because it really felt like our home. To see that the entire structure being demolished, we burst out. We also asked the producers, that can we 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. Being dismental, 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.”