Shah Rukh Khan’s 2010 drama, “My Name is Khan,” saw him explore the beautiful landmarks of San Francisco, Calif. For his new film, “Zero,” the actor has ‘zeroed’ in on Alabama.
Production began last week in Huntsville, Alabama – which has a large Indian American population – for the film starring Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, reports al.com. Crews have filmed at spots like Grill 29 and the Hindu Cultural Center of Alabama in Harvest. Khan is yet to arrive in the city.
Karuna Badwal, the film’s co-producer and Khan’s business manager, talked about the project May 10 at the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama outside Huntsville, where several dozen actors and locals were dressed in traditional Indian clothes for a temple scene, according to the publication. On May 11, a wedding scene was filmed. Al.com adds that the cast went through several takes while visitors, including U.S. Space and Rocket Center CEO Dr. Deborah Barnhart, watched from the back of the temple.
The film will be the most expensive Indian movie ever made, Badwal was quoted as saying, partly because of the technical equipment the plot requires. Producers have brought 90 people from India to Huntsville, and hired another 50 from American production companies, Badwal told al.com.
Khan had earlier told India-West: “It’s a very different film. To me, technologically the most superior film ever been made in India. I don’t want to show off but it’s really a one-of-its-kind film…I am really excited about it.”
Some important scenes are also scheduled to be shot at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
In April, Khan and Sharma visited the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai to reportedly discuss the filming in the state. The consulate’s Twitter handle posted a few pictures of the meeting along with a post stating: “Guess who stopped by the consulate today? @iamsrk @AnushkaSharma & @aanandlrai had a great chat with #CGKagan about #HollywoodBollywood and filming their upcoming film #ZeroTheMovie @RocketCenterUSA. Good luck to the entire cast & crew and enjoy your time in Sweet Home Alabama!”
The film’s key details are being kept under wraps, but from the teaser unveiled in January we at least know that in this film by Aanand L. Rai, Khan plays a vertically challenged man obsessed with Bollywood.
“Zero” is set to release Dec. 21.