Yampa Valley provides backdrop for Indian film

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— The Yampa Valley will be known all over India later this year when its green fields and raging falls are captured on film in a Hindi love story.

About 30 members of a Bombay film crew have been in the valley for two weeks filming scenes from a movie that will be released in India, as well as at an Indian theater in Denver.

"They wanted some different locations," said Bina Shah, a Los Angeles-based production services coordinator who works with the Bombay crew. "This is not supposed to look like India. The scenes are in a song, they are in a dream, in the imagination."

The scenes filmed in and around Steamboat, with the help of a Denver film crew, will be used as part of a song/dream sequence in "Someone, Ask My Heart," a love story with a twist, Shah said. The rest of the movie is being filmed in India, she said.

The cast and crew have filmed at the Warren Ranch on Elk River Road, near the Christina Wildlife Area, at Steamboat Lake, near Mt. Werner Road where the cast was on mountain bikes, and at Fish Creek Falls, where the water was raging. They may also take a balloon ride, Shah said.

She said they were extremely lucky to have such good weather and will finish up on Tuesday and then possibly head to Breckenridge.

The crew also went to Dinosaur National Park and Moab to film scenes from a second movie, "My Heart is With You," another love story.

She said the area was just what they were looking for to capture these scenes.

"It's a very picturesque location. We're trying to the get meadows and fields. (The town) has a European look," Shah said.

Songs are an integral part of most Indian movies, Shah said.

"Indian movies have a lot of songs," Shah said. "It's like 'The Sound of Music.' If we make action movies, they have songs."

The movie is produced by well-known Indian movie producer Boney Kapoor of S.K. FiIms and is directed by Vinay Shukla. It features several well-known Indian actors and one newcomer, Shah said.

The Indian movie industry is the largest in the world, Shah said larger than Hollywood because there are so many languages. Most of them, like these two, are in Hindi, she said, but there are also movies in Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and Bengali. She said movies are a very popular form of entertainment.

As there is no Indian restaurant in the Yampa Valley, Shah said they have a caterer who prepares food for them daily.

To reach Jennifer Bartlett call 871-4204 or e-mail jbartlett@amigo.net

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