Fenil and Bollywood

Ranbir ice-skates at NY Central Park in -6 degrees

Posted on: January 13, 2010

Ranbir Kapoor ice-skates for three consecutive freezing nights in Central Park for Anjaana Anjaani

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 13, 2010)

It was meant to be Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor ice-skating together at Central Park in New York for Anjaana Anjaani… the first film couple since John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in 2001’s Serendipity to be captured on camera gliding on ice at that location.

Alas, filmmaker proposes. Actress disposes. Priyanka had to return to India for four days to promote her new film Pyaar Impossible.

// // // The ice rink was left clear for Ranbir Kapoor, who for three consecutive nights on January 4, 5 and 6, skated non-stop all night in Central Park. Not just that, Ranbir spent all of the New Year weekend in New York learning how to skate.

Says producer Sajid Nadiadwala, “Ranbir’s dedication to get it absolutely right just took our breath away. He is relentless. He had to skate alone because Priyanka had to return to Mumbai. He skated for three nights from 11 pm to 4 am in minus 6 degrees in Central Park.”

It was important to can all the footage in those three nights.

Says Sajid, “We were the first film unit since Serendipity to get permission to shoot in Central Park’s ice-skating rink. We had limited time and it was freezing cold. We were worried about how we’d manage it. We underestimated Ranbir’s passion for excellence. He skated non-stop all night for three nights. And after the night shoots, he also shot during the day for other scenes.”

Ranbir Kapoor

It was only after those three grueling nights that Ranbir finally hit the bed with utter exhaustion. He’s gradually recovering from the marathon ice-sport.

Says Sajid, “The footage we’ve captured of Ranbir ice-skating shows his ballet-like elegance and precision. I don’t think we’ve ever got anything like this before.”

Apparently Priyanka had a sneak peek at the footage of Ranbir ice-skating and has expressed a desire to do some of it herself. In the film, they don’t just play a combative couple; they’re also ruthlessly competitive while shooting.

From New York, Anjaana Anjaani now moves to Las Vegas where Ranbir and Priyanka intend to out-gamble one another.


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