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Bollywood horror movie filmed in the Dales
11:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
Filming for a Bollywood horror film has taken place near Malham.
Gordale Scar was the location for a scene from 1920 London, the third instalment in the horror series written and produced by Vikram Bhatt.
The first, 1920, was released in 2008 with 1920: Evil Returns being released in 2012.
Shooting for the Bollywood film, which is directed by Tinu Desai and stars Meera Chopra, Diganth and Sharman Joshi, took place at Gordale Scar last Wednesday.
The scene involved the use of a 1920s car and one of the actors going up into the Scar to fetch some water for the vehicle.
Landowner Malcolm Wilson, of Gordale House Farm, gave the film crews permission to film at the Scar.
“It went well,” he said. “They were a small set-up and didn’t take up much space. It was more of problem getting tourists through the area.
“The film crews didn’t stop people apart from asking them to stand aside while they were filming. They were only short sequences and the tourists were respectful.
“I’ve spoken to the location manager and, apparently, a lot of Indian films are made in England.”
Mr Wilson said that Malhamdale had been a popular spot for filmmakers for many years.
“We’ve had various movie-makers over the years, going back to the 1960s when BBC dramas were being shot here.
“Malham does seem to be well used in the past, and Malham Cove was used for the Harry Potter films.
“I think Gordale Scar is more spectacular,” said Mr Wilson. “If it isn’t iconic, it’s something similar.
“It’s a big open gorge that’s awe-inspiring for many people.”
Sarah Nicholson, communications officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “For centuries the Yorkshire Dales has inspired writers, artists, poets and musicians with its breathtaking scenery. It was designated a national park in 1954 for its outstanding natural landscape, so it’s no wonder it’s sought after as a film and TV location.
“It’s fantastic to see so many diverse and original filmmakers see something in this special place with its many moods that speaks to them.”