Bollywood rom-com Jab Harry Met Sejal shot locations in Eastern Europe
Imtiaz Ali’s romantic-comedy, Jab Harry Met Sejal carried out an extensive shoot throughout Budapest at locations including Liberty Bridge, the Royal Palace district and the Nyugati Railway Station. Flatpack Films were on-hand to service the Budapest portion of the shoot.
Zita Kisgergely, Producer at Flatpack Films explains: “we’ve worked with clients from all over the world but this was a truly amazing new experience. The Indian cast and crew have such an infectious positive attitude, while their dedication and respect for the craft and the people are very inspiring. We worked closely with the Indian team to understand their unique needs. They see the true value of shooting in Hungary as they want to present a different world and feature European faces. Rich visuals are a key focus in the Indian market, and we were able to deliver some beautiful sequences that showcased the variety of local architecture and cast.”
Director Imtiaz Ali adds: “I was delighted to be able to share the positive messages of Indian cinema with Hungary. Due to its vast international experience and intimate understanding of production challenges, Flatpack was the perfect partner for this project. It was instrumental in ensuring the smooth running of the shoot, which allowed us to tell our story with beauty. The collaboration was enjoyable to the end, and it was a pleasure to welcome the team to Mumbai for the closing scenes of the film.”
Scenes were also sourced in Amsterdam, Lisbon and Prague, making Jab Harry Met Sejal a truly global production. An increasing number of Bollywood projects have been venturing outside of India in recent years, influenced by financial incentives that can curb production expenditure.
Productions filming in Hungary can receive a 25% tax rebate if a required minimum spend is met with local service providers. The country is also popular for its low rates on goods and services, attracting high-profile projects such as Atomic Blonde and Blade Runner 2049.
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