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Last Updated 14.12.2018 | 9:53 PM IST
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A snowy New York Christmas for Ranbir & Priyanka

For the first time in the history of Indian cinema, New York, including the completely forbidden Rockfeller Center’s Christmas tree, will be shot during Christmas time by director Siddharth Anand in Anjaana Anjaani.

Elaborate plans have been made and producer Sajid Nadiadwala has got all the necessary permission to shoot in forbidden areas of New York where cameras are not allowed during the festive season.

Informs Anand, “Shooting in downtown New York during Christmas time is completely prohibited. We won’t only be shooting in and around New York at Christmas time but we’ll also be shooting the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Centre which is the tallest Christmas tree in the world. The tree there is 70 feet tall. That’s equivalent two, three storey of a building.”

Any kind of film shooting around the Rockefeller Christmas tree is strictly forbidden. Apparently, producer Nadiadwala got his friend Sylvester Stallone (who worked in Nadidawala’s Kambhakkht Ishq) to pull some strings for the rare permission.

Says director Siddharth Anand, “I don’t know how Sajid did it. But he managed the near-impossible. Priyanka, Ranbir and I are very excited about it.”

Siddharth Anand is hoping for snow in New York. Without it, the whole carefully-planned concept of the lead pair Ranbir and Priyanka bringing in Christmas in New York would fall flat. Says Siddharth, “Yeah we’re praying for a white Christmas in New York.”

Ranbir who shot in artificial snow for Saawariya and also assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Black which again had artificial snow is excited about the White Christmas in NY.

“My wife Mamta is styling Ranbir. He’ll be dressed the way New Yorkers from West Village are. Very trendily in jackets, scarves, coats and woollens. We’ll show Ranbir and Priyanka cruising the brightly lit-up streets of NY during Christmas. You’ll see them shopping on camera. And that would be real Christmas shopping.”

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