Bollywood films are colorful affairs that require considerable time, effort, and money to be devoted to constructing their sets, especially for dance scenes. This is because the success, or otherwise, of a Bollywood movie often depends solely on the quality of its soundtrack and dance scenes.
For the movie "Jab We Met", staring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapur, the task was to transform historic Naggar Castle, near Manali in northern India, into the site of a huge Tibetan carnival for the shooting of the dance scene for the song Yeh Ishq Hai (This Is Love).
This involved teams of artists working around the clock to handcraft and paint large sculptures and props. People from surrounding villages were organized to be extras, local shop keepers and balloon vendors hired to provide colorful displays of merchandise, and amusement rides were set up. The result was a vibrant singing and dancing extravaganza featuring traditional dancers, including Tibetan lion dancers, and costumes.
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