Shooting without permission at Naubat Khana – in front of Bada Imambada – landed Bollywood actors Kunal Khemu and Vartika Singh, along with some members of their production team into trouble on Saturday night.
A group of people attacked them, raising objections to the shoot. Khemu suffered injuries in his hand when the mob started pelting stones and damaged cameras and other equipment.
The hooligans disappeared soon after the attack. Chowk police however registered an FIR against 50 to 60 unidentified people for causing injuries and damaging equipment.
The incident occurred when Kunal Khemu and Vartika Singh were shooting at Naubat Khana for the song album ‘Saanwre’ produced by Nikhil Dwivedi. The album has songs sung by Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Khan was also in the city for the same shoot but he was not present at the spot at the time of the incident.
The production team had set up a stage and many people had gathered at the location. The shooting started during night hours, causing major traffic chaos in the area.
The first to object to the shooting was Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad. The cleric went to the location and asked the team to not shoot at Naubat Khana as it was close to a place of worship. He returned when the production team assured him to call off the shooting. However, the team continued with their work.
Soon, a group of youngsters attacked them. The irked mob pelted stones and vandalised the stage that had been set up for shooting.
IP Singh, inspector of Chowk police station said that Ashish Jain, the production coordinator had lodged an FIR against 50-60 unidentified people in the matter.
He added that the production team did not have the permission needed for shooting at that location. “The entire matter had been conveyed to senior authorities and further probe is on,” said Singh.