Bollywood will pick up its traveling bags several times this year. A portion of Anurag Kashyap's No Smoking, which opens in April, has been shot in Uzbekistan. Two Yash Raj Films productions are being shot in different parts of the globe, Shimit Amin's Chak De India and Siddharth Anand's Ta Ra Rum Pum in New York. Suneel Darshan's Shaka Laka Boom Boom has been shot in Johannesburg and other locations in South Africa.
Goal, produced by United Television, has been shot in London, as has been another UTV production, Hat Trick. Ram Mirchandani, vice-president, motion pictures production for UTV, says: "Hiring crew in the UK is very expensive, so one needs to be intelligent about the kind of crew you take from Bombay."