Police have been called in as Indian citizens protest against Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden film Zero Dark Thirty, reports Reuters. After Bigelow and her crew were denied permission to film in Pakistan, where the terrorist leader was captured last year, they moved the production to neighboring India. Considering the history of strife between the adjacent nations, the choice of location is rankling local Hindus.
According to Reuters, designers have decorated sets in the northern city of Chandigarh with Urdu-language signs and rickshaws, and extras have been walking the streets in traditional Pakistani clothing including burkas. The protesters believe the Indian government should have followed in the footsteps of Pakistan’s and denied the Bigelow production rights to film in India, so they have been chanting and personally taking up their arguments with cast and crew members.
Zero Dark Thirty production company Sony Pictures Entertainment declined to comment for this piece, and representatives for Bigelow had not responded to EW’s request at press time.
The film is expected to be released later this year. Jennifer Ehle and Aussie stuntman Nash Edgerton have been confirmed as cast members. Thirty is also reportedly in talks with Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez (Carlos), Chris Pratt, Guy Pearce, Mark Strong, and Jennifer Ehle.