Barfi!’s shooting stint surely hasn’t left a sweet aftertaste in the makers’ palate. In the latest twist, the team was left to dismantle a set at Film City that was built to shoot a few sequences with Ileana D’Cruz. The reason being south actor’s illness, following a severe bout of food poisoning.
“A set was erected, but since she cancelled the last two days of the schedule, it had to be dismantled since we didn’t have further permission at the venue. Once Ileana is fine, she will inform us and we will build it again. Fortunately, it wasn’t a very costly set, so we haven’t been set back by a huge sum,” reveals a unit insider.
Apparently, since Ileana doesn’t have a place in Mumbai, the production house UTV Motion Pictures had made arrangements for her in the city but she chose to recuperate in Hyderabad.
However, once she recovers, the actor is expected to give a few extra days for Barfi! in the next schedule. “Anurag (Basu; director) isn’t worried because he can make it up,” says the insider.
When contacted, the actor’s spokesperson, Payal, confirms: “Yes, Ileana has been down with stomach infection, so she had to cancel the shoot for Barfi!. In fact, her ill heath has affected other projects too. She is in Hyderabad right now, but couldn’t shoot for Trivirkam, Allu Arjun’s (Telugu) film on the first day of its shoot.”
Barfi!, which also stars Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor, has apparently been delayed by a few month due to difficulties in finding a suitable dates between the lead pair.