Guwahati: In order to make film shooting easier in Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has made it easier for film producers and enthusiasts to book shooting locations online.
NFR said Bollywood film producers and film producers from various other regions like Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai etc are often in dark about the procedures to be followed for undertaking their shooting in Darjeeling toy train.
Earlier, officials of production houses had to visit Guwahati 2-3 times before finally going to Darjeeling for shooting, and sometimes they had to reschedule pre-fixed shooting programmes also.
In order to mitigate the issue, NFR has now provided a link on their official website. Any film producer or enthusiast willing to undertake film shooting either using a toy train or railway premises in Darjeeling Himalayan Railway can now apply online without physically coming to the shooting site or concerned offices.
“They can upload scanned copy of the necessary documents by visiting the dashboard. Their applications will be processed online as per existing guidelines. Production houses can also deposit the requisite fees required to be submitted before undertaking the shooting online. As a result lot of processing time will be saved and physical movements can be avoided by the production houses. It will be possible for the production houses to plan for film shooting within a much shorter time period then at present,” said NFR.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its fascinating journey through the hills of Himalayas in narrow gauge Toy trains.
Apart from tourists, film enthusiast also throng into this area for film shooting related works. Shooting of more than 25 Bollywood films was done in Darjeeling areas. Some of the famous Bollywood films shooting of which were done in Darjeeling are; Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), China Town (1962), Aradhana (1969), Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Parineeta(2005), Barfi (2012) and Jagga Jasoos (2017). Lots of short films and TV serials were shot in DHR over the years. Recently, in January 2021, a documentary film on Mother Teresa was also shot on-board a Toy-train from Siliguri Jn. to Kurseong.