The cast and crew of Dhak Dhak, a film about four women’s journey to the highest motorable pass in the world, recently made a record in Indian cinema while filming. The Dhak Dhak team is now the first Hindi film unit to drive from Delhi to Khardung La – the world’s highest motorable pass. The four protagonists – Ratna Pathak ShahDia Mirza, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanjana Sanghi posed together after arriving in Khardung La. Read also| Dia Mirza calls shooting for Dhak Dhak in Ladakh ‘experience of a lifetime’

The team traveled amid torrential rains, sandstorms and temperatures ranging from 48 degrees to -2 degrees to arrive in Khardung La to film a scene with all the protagonists. The cast and crew traveled 40 days from Delhi to Leh to film the drama of the road trip. The scene shot in Khardung La also marks the end of the Ladakh schedule of Dhak Dhak’s shooting.

Looking back on the experience, Dia Mirza said: “The most memorable example for us as performers on this film was reaching the Khardung La pass! It has such deep meaning to each of our characters in the story and each and every one of us felt it.” Dia also thanked her team and the Indian Army for making the experience smoother. Fatima Sana Shaikho said she was particularly excited about this schedule because she loves bike rides, but the experience was much more than she expected. She said: “This journey has pushed my boundaries, personally and as an actor. It was an incredible and exciting experience to film there (Khardung La) and by the end of it I know that I have learned so much more about myself as an artist and a human.”

Ratna Pathak Shah spoke of the trip as an unexpected one, saying, “If someone had told me six months ago that I would be cycling all the way to Ladakh at age 65, I would have laughed!” She added that the film was special to her in many ways, as it forced her to face her fears and taught her to trust herself, her colleagues and her crew in stressful situations. Sanjana Sanghi, it was a ‘larger than life’ moment. She said: “Being on the road for weeks had been a grueling journey, culminating in the breathtaking Khardung La Pass. It was challenging and physically demanding, but also immensely satisfying.”

Dhak Dhak is a co-production of Taapsee Pannu‘s Outside Films production, in association with Viacom18 studios and BLM Pictures. It is co-written by Parijat Joshi and Tarun Dudeja and directed by Tarun Dudeja. It is scheduled for theatrical release in 2023.

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