Paris: Actor Ranveer Singh says filmmaker Aditya Chopra was not willing to shoot 'Befikre' in any other city than Paris despite the terror attacks that hit the French capital in November last year.
France was rocked by multiple, near simultaneous attacks on entertainment sites around Paris last evening that claimed over 120 lives.
The 31-year-old actor said the filmmaker had written the romantic movie with Paris in his mind and didn't want to compromise when it came to the filming location.
"My mentor Aditya Chopra conceptualised this film in Paris, he wrote this film with Paris in his heart and mind. When the pre production of this film was in full swing the Paris terror attacks happened every body was asking Adi sir to change the location and consider another city.
"Adi sir turned back and said 'That's not the spirit of the film. I have written this film with Paris in mind and the moto of this film is to be carefree. This film was about those who dare to love and I dare to romance this city and what may come I shoot this in Paris. I am not going to move this to any other city'," Ranveer said.
The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of of the film at the Eiffel Tower.
The film also stars Vaani Kapoor in the lead, and the actress said Aditya wanted to shoot the film like a local and hence worked with the local crew.
"Aditya used to say that he wants to film the movie like a Paris insider and which probably was one of the prime reasons for taking French technicians because he wanted people who knew Paris truly.
"90 per cent of our crew was French and it brought a great energy and vibrancy to the film which made the movie fresh and new," said Vaani.
The trailer of the film was launched at the Eiffiel tower making it the first cinema event ever organised at the tourist destination. The movie also aims at promoting the French capital as the tourist destination.