Christopher Nolan Shares His Experience Shooting ‘Tenet’ In India
Christopher Nolan released his highly-anticipated film, Tenet, worldwide, which was met with great critical acclaim and financial success. The film managed to triumph at the international box office despite the world struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, collecting $53 million USD.
Tenet required to be shot in several locations around the world, due to its complicated storyline. After shooting in countries like Italy, England and America, the Tenet crew landed in Mumbai to shoot the Indian half of the film.
In Mumbai, the movie was shot in areas like Breach Candy Hospital, Cafe Mondegar, Colaba Causeway, Colaba Market, Gateway of India, Grant Road, Royal Bombay Yacht Club, and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Nolan shared his experience shooting in a country like India in an exclusive transcript shared with PTI by Warner Bros. He said, “Every time I go to India, I’m struck by how unbelievably visual the place is. I had shot a couple of days in Jodhpur on The Dark Knight Rises and always wanted to go back and shoot a more substantial sequence, and I had the opportunity to do that on Tenet.”
“We shot in Mumbai, which is just one of the most extraordinary looking cities in the world in terms of its architecture, the amazing people and the abundance of life on the streets there. It’s a really remarkable place with this extraordinary history, so, to be able to take the audience there, it seemed a very exciting setting,” the film-maker added.
Nolan also spoke about working with the local film crews, and shooting in the infamous Mumbai rains. “They have such a wonderful love of film and a highly developed film industry. It was really fun to collaborate with the local crews and learn about how they make films and cooperate with them in pulling off some remarkable things, including some of the first-ever aerial shots of Mumbai in a film.
“There are some really interesting things we were able to capture, shooting for a relatively short time in challenging conditions because it was monsoon season, so when it rained, it really rained. But it was such a wonderfully atmospheric place to be,” Nolan added.
You can get a better look at the crew’s experience shooting all over the country by watching the Behind The Scenes video below: