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Maharashtra bandh wreaks havoc on film and TV shows; Race 3 shoot halted

A number of shoots have been cancelled and postponed owing to the disruptions caused by protestors across Mumbai

Sreyashi Mazumdar @Sreyashi27 4 January 2018, 6:37 PM
Piyaa Albela's shoot was disrupted

Piyaa Albela's shoot was disrupted Image: Twitter

The Maharashtra shutdown has taken a heavy toll on the showbiz industry, and several shoots for films and TV shows have been called off or rescheduled. Bombay Times reports that the shoot for Salman Khan-starrer Race 3 came to an abrupt halt as protestors were pelting stones at the sets.

Two Bollywood events were also annulled owing to the impasse in Mumbai. Luv Ranjan's upcoming flick Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety's song launch was annulled.

Mohit Suri took to Twitter and wrote, "Due to Maharashtra bandh today, we have decided to push our My Birthday Song trailer release to tomorrow January 4, 2018. Thank you."

Ashoke Pandit, a member of Indian Films and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), tweeted, "#Film & #Tvshootings have come to a halt at #FilmCity#Madh & other locations as the unit members couldn’t reach the sets and due to fear of violence. #Sad. #BhimaKoregaonViolence."

Shoots of TV shows like Piyaa Albela, Aisi Deewangi Dekhi Nahi Kahi, Kundali Bhagya, Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki and The Voice India Kids were interrupted, according to reports. Zee TV's popular show Kundali Bhagya's shoot, which was supposed to take place at Marol's Killick Nixon studio, has reportedly been rescheduled as protestors pelted stones and wreaked havoc on the sets.

Actors of the show including Manit Joura, Shraddha Arya and Anjum Farikh, had to take refuge inside their vanity vans until things calmed down. The shoot of Zee TV show Piyaa Albela was also disrupted and was rescheduled. 

Pranitaa Pandit, one of the actors of Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki, was quoted addressing the issue in one of the reports. "A few hours into the shoot and we were mobbed by a gang of unruly guys who screamed and entered the sets and literally forced the closure of the shoot. Frightened and paranoid, we rushed to the vanity," said in a statement.

Jay Bhanushali, who hosts the show The Voice India Kids, was confronted by the protestors when he was on his way to the shoot.

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