Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor and director Shujaat Saudagar recently shot a long spell in Shillong for their film Rock On!! 2.
And this was their way to pay tribute to the long-neglected state of India and its people.
Says Farhan, "Every other day we read about some student from the North-East being roughed up, bullied, or worse. I wanted to shoot in that part of our country for a long time. We need to make the isolated parts of the country more assimilated. I am so glad we shot in Shillong."
The filmmaker-turned-actor is spellbound and so is everyone else who were in Shillong for the shooting.
"I’ve shot in many foreign and Indian locations as an actor and a director but the untouched natural beauty of Shillong left us all hankering for more," he says.
"Normally, after a schedule in an outdoor location, some crew members are unhappy to leave, others are happy to get home. But this is my first shooting schedule where all of us were equally unhappy to leave Shillong," adds the actor.
Now, Farhan is planning a family holiday in Shillong.
"Not only me, everyone in the Rock On 2 unit is planning to go back!" Farhan exclaims.