Hollywood martial art star Jackie Chan, 62, writes on his website of ‘Flying all over the world’ for his film Kung Fu Yoga. Firstly in Beijing, Dubai, Beijing and now in Jaipur.
Jackie is now shooting in Jaipur’s Amber Fort, but his fans are disappointed. They have not been able to see him shoot although Amber Fort is a tourist place visited by thousands everyday.
Many of admirers are heartbroken. Nitish Kumar, 22, from Bihar, who is a Jackie fan, says : “I was excited when I read in the papers about my hero shooting here. I thought what luck that I am taking a holiday here now. I would be able to see Jackie Chan and his martial art maneuvers. But with so much security around the shooting area, I don’t think my wish would be fulfilled.”
Jackie Chan is shooting for the movie Kung Fu Yoga, a part of three film agreement signed between India and China during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India. It is a Indo-Chinese co-production of Taihe Entertainment and Shinework Media of China. The movie also a stars Bollywood actor Sonu Sood (of Dabang fame) and Amyra Dastur and Aarif Rahman.
Amrya is essaying the role of a tough girl and does a lot of action in the film, something on the lines of Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft.
After the shooting schedule winded up in Iceland, Amyra got a surprise when Jackie got a farewell cake for the entire team.
Jackie is currently shooting atop the Amber Fort, which is around 11 km from the main Jaipur City. Rush Hour actor Jackie discussed his scenes with director Stanley Tong before he began filming.
The Amber Fort, built by Raja Man Singh in 1592, on the hilltop has to be accessed either on elephant, or by jeeps or by walk across the steep hill. Raja Jai Singh I expanded and renovated the fort later. The Kachchawa dynasty ruled here from 11th to 16th Century AD.
The shooting crew has set up a local market inside the fort, which is bustling with small shops and vendors.
Amyra was seen running down the cobbled steep hill side near the buzzing market location. Although many fans had gathered on hearing about the shooting, they failed to catch a glimpse of the macho actor.
After an accident which involved a wall collapse during the shooting of Salman Khan’s Veer movie in 2009, which left 15 injured, the shooting arrangers do not want to take any more chances and prefer to keep the crowd at bay at these shoot sites.
According to sources, the actor is likely to shoot in the City Palace’s Jaleb Chowk over the next two days. Jaipur’s City Palace is a sprawling complex in the midst of the famed walled city. It also happens to be the residence of the Jaipur royal family. It is expected that Jackie may meet Jaipur’s princess Diya Kumari.
Jackie is said to be staying at Rajputana Sheraton here. He will be heading to Jodhpur for his next schedule where he is likely to shoot an item number at the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace, which would be choreographed by Farah Khan.
Actor Sonu Sood of Dabang fame, who is a big fan of Jackie, requested Farah to take up the assignment. If Jackie does dance, it will perhaps be his first attempt at such a Bollywoodsque presentation.
Jackie had earlier expressed a desire to work in Bollywood movies, saying he loved singing and dancing. Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat had shared screen space with him in his movie The Myth.
(The Amber Fort picture has been tweeted by Amyra Dastur)