The recent Mumbai serial blasts have taken a toll on Bollywood too.
The shoot of Govinda’s latest, Afra Tafri, which was initially scheduled at Mumbai’s Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, was shifted to Thailand’s Suverna Bhoomi at the last moment.
The shoot was scheduled in the last week of July, but with the beefed up security post July 13 attacks, the crew was forced to shoot the portions at the Bangkok airport instead.
Says producer Krishan Chaudhery, “We decided to shoot at the Bangkok airport as we did not want to waste time getting permissions from various officials in Mumbai. We were told that due to the terror attacks; the officials in India have become very strict. Our script required us to shoot inside the airport area.”
The shoot at the Bangkok airport lasted for four to five days, involving a crew of about 250 people for over 12 hours every day.
Talking about the problems faced with the venue change, Krishan says, accommodation was a problem last minute as they couldn’t get reservations at 5-stars hotels in Bangkok and had to settle for those in Pattaya.
Another problem was the huge influx of Indian tourists at the Bangkok airport, who stopped for autographs and photo-ops with the film cast that includes Govinda, Suniel Shetty, Mughda Godse, Arya Babbar and Gulshan Grover.