I was excited when I came to know that a team from Hollywood had arrived to shoot some parts of the film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in Manimajra. The director Kathryn Bigelow and the crew members including the star cast was there to shoot some of the areas of Manimajra quite similar to areas in West Pakistan.
The Oscar nominated film ‘Zero Dark Thirty' has been shot covering larger parts of the film in Manimajra town besides the markets of sector 26 and sector 15 of Chandigarh. The narrow bazaars of Manimajra will appear in the film with signboards in Urdu. During shooting of the film Manimajra town was turned into Abbotabad where Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was shot dead by a team of Navy Seals in 2011.The director of the film virtually converted the shooting area into Abbotabad by replacing the signboards in Urdu. One could see Burqa clad women and men wearing skull caps walking in the narrow lanes and the bazaars of Manimajra.
The residents of Manimajra are proud that their town is now on the tourism map, especially for shooting of international films. The Oscar ceremony is scheduled to be held on 24th February. We the residents of city wish that the film wins many awards, and Chandigarh becomes the next destination for shooting of Hollywood films.
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