India’s film industry is a thriving business. With so many flicks being produced each year, it’s not uncommon for unsuspecting tourists to find themselves near, or even right in the middle of a movie shoot. And the best part is, Indian film stars are extremely approachable. Unlike western film stars with closed sets and a bevy of security guards, Indian film actors and actresses come off as modest, hard working individuals. They’re cordially receptive of meeting their fans, be it snapping photos or just shaking hands.
I was able to briefly see Tollywood film actress Sneha as she filmed a scene at Thirumalai Nayaka Palace in Madurai. Crew members asked me to keep my distance as the camera rolled. But in-between takes, I was permitted to walk right up to the set, camera in hand.
My second encounter happened on a recent visit to Taj Mahal in Agra. Tamil actor Vikram, another popular Tollywood favorite, was shooting scenes for his upcoming movie Thandavam with co-star Anushka. Vikram is impossibly good looking in person, with a chiseled face, camera perfect eyes, and a body that could put most athletes to shame. The crowd of tourists was in full elation as he worked his smile, happily posing for photos in-between takes.
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