Vashu Takes Khandala To Simla

July 15th, 2010 - 4:53 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire  

July 14, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): Unpredictable weather has made shooting in Mumbai like Russian Roulette. After Madhur Bhandarkar who had to postpone his outdoor schedule in Mumbai for Dil To Bachcha Hai Jee, it is Vashu Bhagnani’s turn to suffer due to erratic and heavy rains.

A part of the shooting meant to take place in Mumbai would now have to be done in Simla.

Explaining the sudden translocation which would mean an added cost of at least 20 lakh rupees for his son Jackky’s re-launch film producer Vashu explains, “We had planned some songs and scenes in Khandala. But the weather gods did us in. The monsoon in Maharashtra has become dangerously moody. It is impossible to shoot outdoors in the rains. Earlier we had downpours. Shooting got delayed for an hour and then it was fine”.

But this monsoon is different. “We just can’t shoot in the rains. When the rain begins it goes on for the whole day. We realized that it was impossible to shoot in Khandala. So we’re moving to Simla which looks a lot like Khandala. Believe me, Simla which was supposed to have erratic weather conditions is far more predictable than Maharashtra these days.”

Luckily Vashu has a director who doesn’t delay shooting. Says the producer, “The choreographer Remo is as disciplined in direction as he’s in dancing. He doesn’t waste time or resources. When our schedule in Khandala didn’t work out he quickly relocated to Simla. I am done with wasteful directors”.

The Simla-as-Khandala schedule starts as soon as Vashu’s son Jackky returns from the World Cup finals.

Says Vashu, “I met my son at the airport. I landed from Bangkok. He was on the way to South Africa”.

– Subhash K. Jha/Sampurn Wire

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