Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said upcoming Hindi film “Bhediya” showcases the “scenic beauty and cultural grandeur” of the state.
The horror comedy movie, starring Varun Dhawan in the title role, was shot entirely in the towns of Ziro, Sagalee, Pakke Kessang in Arunachal Pradesh.
Directed by Amar Kaushik and produced by Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films, “Bhediya” is slated to be released on November 25.
In a series of tweets posted Tuesday evening, Khandu expressed his gratitude towards the makers for choosing the Northeastern state to film the project.
“Comedy horror film #Bhediya, a Bollywood movie shot entirely in #ArunachalPradesh – is set to release on Nov 25. The movie showcases the scenic beauty and cultural grandeur of our state,” the chief minister wrote in the post.
“Filmed in picturesque regions of Ziro, Sagalee, Pakke Kessang, I’m sure Arunachal is going to be a favourite film shooting destination. I profusely thank Producer Shri Dinesh Vijan ji and Director Amar Kaushik ji for choosing our beautiful state for shooting the movie,” he added.
“Bhediya” also stars Kriti Sanon, Abhishek Banerjee, Deepak Dobriyal and Paalin Kabak, an Arunachal Pradesh native.
According to Khandu, “over 70 per cent” of the talent on the film hails from the state.
“They’ve given a rare opportunity to local talents including musicians and technicians. Over 70 pc of artistes in #Bhediya are from the state including a lead character – Jomin. The film will give a new identity to the people of #NorthEast. I wish #Bhediya a grand success,” the CM further said.
Dhawan said shooting in the Northeast region was the “most beautiful experience”.
“The people took great care of us,” the lead actor said in a reply to Khandu’s tweet.
Kaushik, also known for “Stree”, thanked the chief minister for his love and support.
“We had a beautiful time shooting in the state and really hope we have been able to present the picturesque Arunachal as prettily as it is. We also hope you enjoy the film too!” the director tweeted.
“Bhediya” follows Bhaskar (Dhawan), who transforms into a werewolf on every full moon night after he is bitten by a mythical wolf. The film is the third offering in Vijan’s horror-comedy universe after “Stree” (2018) and “Roohi” (2020).
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