“It was challenging to shoot amid the pandemic but the technical crew took various recce trips and planned the schedule to every last detail, making it possible for us to finish shooting across multiple cities in such a short span of time,” explains producer Niranjan Reddy.
Shooting for Wild Dog, which releases in theatres on April 2, in hill stations like Manali and Shimla wasn’t easy. “I felt liberated to be shooting after sitting at home for months. However, it was strange to see places like Shimla and Manali, which are normally bustling with tourists, wear such a deserted look. We shot in a completely controlled environment,” shares Nagarjuna, who plays NIA agent Vijay Varma aka Wild Dog in the film.
“I was prepared for the physically demanding role but the high altitude took a while to get used to. We had an army officer on the set at all times to help us get our body language right,” Nagarjuna adds.
Produced by Niranjan Reddy and Anvesh Reddy under Matinee Entertainment, the mission-based film tells the story of an NIA officer who leads a team to fight terrorism. “We checked 300 locations for over a period of six months and completed the shooting in just 70 days. This allowed us to spend more time on post-production,” says Niranjan.
Director Solomon agrees, “It’s a privilege to find so much time for pre and post production, it helps us deliver a better film.”