Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan is going all out to guard his actors' looks in Krrish 3. He has put a blanket ban on cell phones, cameras and visitors on the set. Not just this, the actors' staff - including makeup artists and hairstylists - are not allowed to click reference pictures that help maintain continuity in the characters' look. The film stars Kangna Ranaut, Vivek Oberoi and Roshan's son Hrithik.
"During makeup or hairstyling, we click pictures and keep them as references for later shoot dates (to ensure consistency). But we aren't allowed to do that on the sets anymore. We've been told that the production team will give us reference pictures if needed," says a unit member.
Recently, when a staff member casually clicked an actor's picture, Roshan senior got her to delete the photograph.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, too, had banned cell phones and visitors on the sets of his next, Heroine, to prevent any on-set pictures and information from leaking. More recently, filmmakers Shirish Kunder and Remo D'Souza issued the same diktat on the sets of their films Joker and ABCD
Other filmmakers give a thumbs up to the idea. "Cell phones and visitors are a menace and hard to control. We cannot be policing every unit member and visitor," says Tanuj Garg, CEO, Balaji Motion Pictures. "Crew members and visitors click pictures of actors and post them on social networking sites. I feel private space should not be violated by anyone.
Since people don't self censor, we need to keep the device out," says filmmaker Onir. "Visitors and phones are a distraction on the sets. It is a good idea to ban them," says filmmaker Roshan Abbas.