Milan Luthria’s upcoming film baadshaho featuring Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra has been shot on real and raw locations of Rajasthan which includes Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ranautar, and Kuldhara. Producers Bhushan Kumar and Milan Luthria spared no expense in showcasing places which gave a rugged and rustic feel, as opposed to creating them on sets.
The crew did extensive recces with local line producers and guides in remote desert areas, where there are no structures, even network, for miles.
Though people got a glimpse of these stunning locations in the teaser, not many know about the travel time that the actors had to put in to reach these locations. While shooting in Ranautar, the actors had to travel for 103 kms each way every day. Relay security teams were posted every few Km to convey messages on walkie talkies. The village itself was unique, with inhabitants who drink only goat’s milk all theirs lives, with not a piece of grain, vegetables, or meat.
The climax was shot in Asia’s largest limestone quarry, 58 kms from Jaisalmer city. Added to this was the 330 Kms distance each between Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner.
At the end of the shoot, Milan did a rough calculation and was shocked to realize that they had traveled more than 5000 Km in all.
Within the famous but extremely narrow blue lanes of Jodhpur, car transport was tough, and relays of bouncers were set in place. The actors traveled in auto rickshaws, with Emraan and Esha once getting into the wrong one in the throng of fans.
Apart from this, the cast and crew battled extreme ends of the weather spectrum. The temperature in January when the shoot began was was two degrees, and when it ended in March it was up to 38 degrees, with accompanying sandstorms.
Director Milan Luthria got dirty looks from all his actors, but every time they saw the location they had driven so long to reach, they admitted it left them speechless.