The border areas of Jaisalmer have become the Bollywood’s favorite desert location for film shoots. These areas which come under the BSF have hosted movies such as ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Mirza’, ‘Badshaho’, and ‘Airlift’. Now ‘Parmanu’ film will be shot here and not only filmmakers but TV producers also shoot desert sequences in Jaisalmer.
This region has gained popularity because it is a free location and permission for the shooting is easily granted by BSF. In almost every other part of the country, the filmmakers have to take shooting permissions from multiple authorities.A few years back, film crews used to approach BSF officials only in winters but now even the month of April is a busy shooting period.
The whole border of Rajasthan is 1,070 km long which covers the districts of Jaisalmer, Sriganganagar, Bikaner, and Barmer. For high-security reasons, Barmer is a restricted area so Jaisalmer is the most popular film shooting region.
The permission granting is a quick process. When BSF receives a request for shooting in border areas, its General Intelligence unit assesses the necessary security concerns and then suggests the appropriate shooting area.
Tourists are not allowed to go to the restricted areas but when a film unit wants to shoot there, permission is granted after proper assessment. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s film ‘Mirzya’ was shot in the restricted border areas of Barmer. Mehra said that we filmed the climax in remote desert areas of Rajasthan. The local tourism department and BSF soldiers helped them a lot while shooting.
The number of films being shot in border areas has jumped from the past three years.
Before the desert schedule of film ‘Parmanu’, some mischievous elements threw stones when John Abraham was shooting a scene at a telephone booth in the market of Jaisalmer. After that, the shooting was shifted to Pokhran Fort from there.