Sue Burke (mount_oregano) wrote,
Sue Burke

Bollywood runs with the bulls in Pamplona

For my friends who are Bollywood fans: A film called Zindagi milegi da dobara (You Only Live Once) is being shot in Spain right now. It's the story of three young men who travel to Europe, and each plans a unique experience for the rest.

One involves running with the bulls in Pamplona, so on July 15, the day after the real fiesta ended, the film company hired 40 experienced runners, 300 extras from Pamplona, and six tame bulls to recreate the run. To see why they used tame bulls rather than real fighting bulls, see this video of the July 14 run, in which four people were gored:

Another young man's experience involves the Tomatina in Buñol, near Valencia: an enormous annual tomato fight. To recreate that, the film company hired 500 extras and bought 26 tons of tomatoes. The real Tomatina involves 40,000 people and 110 tons of tomatoes:

More scenes will be shot in Seville and other Spanish cities and towns. The film is being directed by Zoya Akhtar and stars Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, and Katrina Kaif, along with Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin and Ariadna Cabrol. Kanzaman films expects to release the film in April 2011.

— Sue Burke

Tags: bulls, spanish

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