Producer Vashu Bhagnani’s film FALTU, currently being shot in Mauritius, gave its crew every reason to believe that they were on vacation. Amidst the picturesque beaches and weather on the island republic of Mauritius, rarely did, anyone’s mind not waver. And that usually translated into quick cricket matches in the middle of takes, toy car races or even deliberate goof ups during a scene just to just lighten the moment.
The film’s cast — Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacky Bhagnani, Puja Gupta, Angad Bedi and Chandan Roy Sanyal — seemed to be having a riot. A big board in the middle of the campus stands reading the title of the film FALTU – Fakirchand And Lakirchand Trust University.
Karan Johar’s blessings
“Parts of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai were shot on this campus. Let’s hope this campus works the same wonders for this film also,” said Jackky, whose last film, Kal Kissne Dekha was a disappointment for all, including him and his family. “We all realised too late into the film that we should have changed the director,” said Jackky, as his mother Puja added, “We should have pulled the plug on him a long time ago. But because it was our son involved, we were more patient with things.”
Even though Jackky claims he doesn’t get special treatment for being the producer’s son, he knows once the shoot is over, he is only his father’s kid and will be pampered beyond control. Minutes after wrapping up a song, for instance, someone comes running to Jackky with his new gadget — a remote controlled car that runs on fuel.
“See my new car,” said Jackky as he raced the tiny car on to the field, chasing after people, making it take 180 and 360 turns on the grass. “Nice na? I have a bigger one at home,” he said.
Dance India Dance
Remo, the director, would every now and then, silently emerge from the tent to take account of the team, explain some intricacies to the actors and return to his place. Surprisingly, his performance on the TV show Dance India Dance had created a frenzy of sorts amongst the young girls.
“Whether anyone here (in Mauritius) recognises any other actor or not, Remo was the busiest giving autographs and clicking pictures with his fans,” says Sanyal. The director meanwhile just smiled and said little. “I had never imaged that the show was so watched here,” he said.