Crew creates Pakistan atmosphere

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's last few days before he was killed in Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad in a covert U.S. raid by elite special forces is being recreated by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow in Chandigarh.

The crew has been shooting in prominent markets and at the Punjab Engineering College here with shop-boards in Urdu, autorickshaws with Lahore number plates, burqa-clad women and men in shalwar-kameez, chappals and skullcaps.

A bus could also be seen with Pakistani decorations, bright colours and motifs and lights.

Outside the shops stood ‘rehriwallas' and hawkers in the typical clothes of Pakistani Punjabis.

Ms. Bigelow, 60, became the first woman to win the Academy award for the best director for the Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker in 2010.

The crew, keeping the plot under wraps, is shooting the story of Osama being hunt down by the U.S. commandos.

With the U.S.-Pakistan relations strained, Ms. Bigelow could not shoot in Pakistan, where the infamous Abbottabad building was razed over the weekend.

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