Mobile phones to family members: Bollywood is on a banning spree

  • Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2015 22:53 IST

What started with a 'no mobile phones on films sets' disclaimer, has now spiraled into no-family members on sets, higher security regimes and stringent checking measures to ensure that no scenes from a film under production get leaked. Not only are actors not allowed to carry gadgets on the sets, but filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has gone a step ahead and banned the presence of family members on the sets of his film, Bajirao Mastani.

"When Priyanka's (Chopra) mother came to visit her on the sets, she was not allowed to enter the main set. She was asked to wait in her daughter's vanity van," says a source present on the sets. Even though Bhansali is trying to ensure top secrecy, some leaked pictures, which reveal the look of actor Ranveer Singh in the film, surfaced recently.

Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, too, beefed up security on the sets of her film Dil Dhadakne Do, following an incident when pictures from a song were leaked. "When Zoya got to know, she panicked and started checking the records to see who entered the sets when that sequence was being shot," says a source.

A poster of Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do.

Earlier, when director Sanjay Gupta started shooting for his film Jazbaa, some pictures emerged, revealing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's look. Gupta fired his security agency at once.

Meanwhile, on a precautionary note, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has already increased the security on the sets of his film Mirziya. Buzz is that the filmmaker installed up to 45 security guards in order to safeguard jewellery worth Rs 11 crore, which was being used for the shoot.

Asked why such stringent measures are being taken, director Milan Luthria says, "We work very hard on finding innovative looks for our stars. There is always a plan on when you want to reveal, and how much. When a look is put out there, before we want it to be, it spoils all our hard work. "

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