Bollywood comes to Allerton Castle

A STATELY home near Knaresborough was the setting last week for a visit from an Indian film crew!

Bollywood film makers descended on Allerton Castle to spend eight days filming at the Gothic home for a new film ‘1920’ – a supernatural love story set in Britain in 1920 involving and Anglo-Indian woman and Indian man.

The first Indian film to be shot in the region following the International Indian Film Academy awards in the summer, the crew are spending 17 days in total in Yorkshire and will also be visiting other locations including Bramham Park, Bolton Abbey and Ripley Castle.

The house interiors and courtyards of Allerton Park will be used in the film although some interiors will be re-created in a studio in Mumbai.

In recent years, Yorkshire has had three Indian films shot here and the UK is the second largest market in the world for Bollywood films.

Screenplay writer for 1920, Dheeraj Ratan said Allerton Castle was perfect for the film. “The director showed me the photos and we fell in love with the place. It has been untouched by the changes that have gone on in the outside world.”

Director, Vikram Bhatt had chosen Yorkshire for certain scenes and said: “I hope the film can show Yorkshire in a brilliant light, because in India, film-goers become tourists and want to see the locations shown in films.”

The film is set for release in June next year.