M.F Husain’s son finds his directorial debut accident-prone

April 9th, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS  

By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) The director broke his wrist, the lead actress burnt herself and the hero badly injured his back - renowned painter M.F. Husain’s son Owais is shaken by a series of accidents on the sets of his directorial debut and says the film can be termed as the most accident-prone ever made.

“I didn’t know I broke my wrist until it got swollen like a dolphin out of the water,” Owais, whose fractured hand is tucked away in a sling, told IANS.

“I was painting on the bricks walls of ruins in a broken-down home in Chandigarh when a wall caved in and I slipped to the ground. I continued working but after a point the pain got to be too much. So I asked someone from the unit to take me to a doctor. He informed me there were several hairline fractures on my hand,” he added.

Owais now moves around calling the shots with his right hand out of order and all wired from inside.

“For a painter the worst fear is to realise his hand has been injured. My first thought after I hurt my hand was will be I be able to paint? Now a few days after the accident I can move my fingers. So I guess in a couple of weeks my hand will be okay,” said Owais, who is yet to name his film.

Bizarrely, this was Owais’ second accident on location. The day before he fractured his hand, he bruised his back badly.

“That day when I expressed my fear to the doctor he laughed and told me not to worry. But the very next day I was back with a more serious injury and he looked more worried than me.”

The lead pair of the film hasn’t been spared either. Sonal Chauhan burnt herself when she accidentally came too close to high-voltage arclights in a crane shot. And her co-star Anurag Sinha fell off a horse and injured his back a couple of days before Owais’s twin accidents.

“I only hope there are no further calamities waiting for us in this schedule of my film. All the effort has finally been worth it. I wanted to shoot my film in Punjab because I wanted a certain feeling of the characters being close to the soil. And I got that. But the experience has been a mixture of exhilaration and fear. I could make a film on what we’ve gone through during the making of my film in Chandigarh,” said Owais.

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