Mumbai: Actress Yami Gautam got a chance to extensively explore her home state of Himachal Pradesh during the shooting of her latest film ‘Bhoot Police’.
Being born in the region and having a constant romance with the mountains, the actress unveils how the shooting experience of the film re-established her sense of belonging with the mountains.
Yami told IANS: “We were shooting under tough weather conditions because the cold was bitter. There were a lot of outdoor sequences. Keeping the light and weather in mind, we had to pack a lot within a day, every day. But I was ready to battle all that because whenever I am in Himachal, I feel a sense of belonging. When I see the sunrise, those snowcapped mountains and realise the fact that I am born in Himachal. This is my birthplace, it really gives me goosebumps!
“It feels so spiritual for me. I feel if there is God, He exists there…in the silence, in the mountain, the snow. I feel that I get the best hug from Mother Nature. You know every day, after finishing our shoot, I would look outside the window from my car. I was exhausted and I had very few hours of sleep. I felt recharged when I looked at those mountains all through my drive from the film set to our hotel.”
The film ‘Bhoot Police’ is a horror-comedy. Pavan Kirpalani has directed it, produced by Ramesh Taurani, Akshai Puri. Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jaaved Jaafery also star in it.
The film was shot last year when the ‘Unlock’ process started and following the Covid protocols, the cast and crew had to live in a bio-bubble. Due to the same reason, Yami had a working birthday as well as Diwali.
However, she said instead of regretting not visiting her family during Diwali, she took a chance to celebrate with the team of ‘Bhoot Police’.
“I arranged for traditional ‘Pahari’ food, our ‘Pahari Dham’, that we eat during Diwali and it was like my chance to share the joy and our ‘Pahari’ culture to all my co-stars and crew members. I must say, Saif is a foodie and he enjoyed all our traditional food the most. We celebrated Diwali in a ‘Pahari’ way. On my birthday, which was a working birthday, Jacqueline took the effort of giving me a surprise party and brought some beautiful gifts from the local shop…I found that a very warm gesture,” shared Yami.
The ‘Vicky Donor’ actress Yami Gautamfurther added, “I was born in Himachal, brought up in Chandigarh. But I always visited Himachal because my relatives live there. This time, during the entire shooting of our film, somewhere my connection with Himachal has got re-established and I feel proud to be a Himachali, a ‘Pahari’! I am not exaggerating when I am saying, I belong to the mountains.”
‘Bhoot Police’ releases on September 10 on Disney+ Hotstar.
By Arundhuti Banerjee