Mohalla Assi took Sunny Deol back to Banaras after 15 years along with the rest of the cast and crew including Chandraprakash Dwivedi (director), Kashinath Singh (novelist), Vinay Tiwari (producer), Sakshi Tanwar, Ravi Kishen (remember him from Bigg Boss?) and Saurabh Shukla.
Psst! Major portions of the film have been shot in Mumbai on sets that “recreate” the city of Banaras. The movie is positioned on a famous and historical locality on the southern end of Banaras and the river bank of the Ganges. The film has been inspired by a popular hindi novel Kashi Ka Assi. Chandraprakash Dwivedi explains, “Ideally I would have loved to shoot the entire movie on the ghats of Varanasi, but since Sunny has a huge fan following in this region, it would have got impossible to shoot there as thousands of fans would descend on location to catch a glimpse of the super star.”
For the first time Sunny will be seen in a completely new avatar. He will be donning the full garb of a pundit, all the way from the typical dhoti, kurta, gamcha, kolhapuri chappals down to the ‘choti’ on his head. Talking about his role in the film Sunnyji says excitedly, “The script of the film is very interesting especially my role which is something that I have not played earlier. My look will do full justice to the character. Its always a pleasure to shoot in Varanasi. This film will bring me back to the city after 15 long years and I am sure that I will have a wonderful time shooting.”
The movie is slated to release in the second half of 2011.