Ali’s film with Judi Dench will have lots of scenes around Agra, which will be shot in London now
Ali Fazal’s international film, ‘ Victoria and Abdul’ starring along with Judi Dench, which is a British-American biographical drama movie releasing this year directed by Stephen Frears. The film is based on the book along the same title written by Shrabani Basu. The film is to be majorly shot in Agra and London as it revolves around Queen Victoria and her confidante Abdul Karim, played by Judi and Ali respectively. The last leg of the shoot in India at Agra was left disrupted.
A riot broke out during the shoot for the film, which had just started a couple of days before the outrage, by the people protesting from the Bajrang Dal against the installation of a statue of Queen Victoria, the makers of the film were left panicked. And for now, they have decided to complete the shoot, but by trying to avoid any further issues. They are to recreate Agra at the sets in London to finish the final leg. The film is all set to release later this year, but there has been a major change along the way, and now Agra is being taken in parts to London to make it up for the film’s major scenes that were left unfinished here.
A source says," The team was planning to shoot in India and was even prepping for it.However owing to the earlier circumstances and situation; they finally decided to not shoot here. Instead since the shoot left was that of market areas and houses, they planned to stick to recreating the sets in the outskirts of London which was more feasible for them. This would be the final schedule of the film before its release in September."