Zero Dark Thirty: Osama bin Laden film attracts predictable protests from extras
ZERO Dark Thirty is Kathryn Bigelow’s film about Osama bin Laden. It’s being filmed in Chandigarh, India. The right-winged Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or World Hindu Council, have protested against the hoisting of Pakistani flags during the shooting of the film.
Bigelow was denied permission to film in Pakistan. So Chandigarh became Lahore.
Says Vijay Bhardwaj, of the Vishva Hindu Parishad:
“They have made Chandigarh like Pakistan, as if it is Pakistan. We strongly oppose this and we will not let them put Pakistani flags here and we will not let them shoot for the film.”
Hats off to Bigelow. She’s convinced the locals that the film is authentic. And she’s got her extras to look just like gurning extremists…
Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow, center, stands on the set during shooting for her upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Chandigarh, India, Thursday, March 1, 2012. Bigelow and cast are in India shooting at various locations over the next few weeks, local media reports. (AP Photo/Anil Dayal)