Recently, Ekta Kapoor announced that she was taking the cast and crew of her next production, Ek Thi Daayan, to Allahabad to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela. Now, we hear that of the lead cast comprising Konkona Sen Sharma, Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi, Emraan and Huma may not partake in one of the most famous rituals at the event — the holy dip.
Emraan Hashm, Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi and Konkana Sen Sharma pose during the 'first look' launch of Ek Thi Daayan directed by Kannan Iyer and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj. (AFP PHOTO)
Ekta says, “We’re going to take it as it goes. Huma and Emraan are going, but I don’t know if they will take the holy dip. It’s not a compulsion. It is strongly connected to the Hinduism, but it’s more spiritual than religious.”
Emraan, on his part, seems excited about the trip, but is reluctant to take the holy dip. “I’ll see once I’m there. For me, it’s about going and seeing the entire ritual. I’ve heard so much about it; now it’s time to experience it,” he says.
For the trip, the makers have made tight security arrangements for the entire contingent. They will, however, stay in tents like other devotees, rather than at a hotel. Ekta has made full-fledged plans for their three-day trip. “We are going to do the ‘Daayan Mukti Yagna’. It’s a good ritual to perform if you’re making a horror film. There will be many spiritual leaders present, and we’ll all learn more about other religions through our spiritual conversations,” says the producer, who is leaving for the mela today.
Meanwhile, Emraan is unsure about how a spiritual pilgrimage will help the film. He says, “I don’t know how the film will find its way through this. For me, it’s about being at the place and seeing the conglomeration of millions.”