Kathryn Bigelow Shooting Osama Film in India (Report)
NEW DELHI — According to local media reports, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow is in India shooting her untitled film based on the Navy SEAL Team Six operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
The Hurt Locker helmer “arrived in India on Tuesday and began shooting for her Osama film in Chandigarh (about 150 miles north of the capital Delhi) on Wednesday,” the Times of India newspaper reported Thursday. The report added that Chandigarh's Sector 15 neighborhood “was the setting for the movie's shooting and wore a new look to make it resemble Pakistan. Autorickshaws with Lahore number plates and signboards painted in Urdu caught the attention of passers-by.”
The newspaper quoted a source stating that Bigelow will be shooting in and around Chandigarh for five days and that the unit will then shift locations to the desert state of Rajasthan.
An earlier report in the Mail Today newspaper quoted an anonymous source in Mumbai stating, “Bigelow wanted a backdrop that resembles Abbottabad. Since shooting in Pakistan is out of the question (due to security concerns), she seems to have settled on India.”
Bigelow and writer Mark Boal has a Dec. 19 release date. Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is financing. Columbia Pictures picked up U.S. distribution rights to the project in May.
The project's cast includes Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Fares Fares and Jason Clarke.
The world's most dreaded and widely hunted terrorist was in hiding at a safe house in Pakistan's military town of Abbotabad where he was taken down by the elite Navy SEAL Team Six on May 2.