Director Tigmanshu Dhulia had to cut short shooting for his bio-pic Pan Singh Tomar, starring Irrfan Khan as an armyman, in the army cantonment of Roorkee in Uttar Pradesh as permission from the defence ministry was delayed.
"That was very unfortunate. We were supposed to shoot in the cantonment for 15 days. We could do so only for two days and then had to leave. The situation in sensitive army areas has changed after 26/11. I think filmmakers would find it harder to shoot films in areas which house army people," Dhulia told IANS.
The film is based on the life of a soldier-turned-dacoit Pan Singh Tomar.
"We did get a copy of the letter (from the defence ministry) to continue shooting in Roorkee's army cantonment. But the cantonment authorities got it two days late. By then we had left," he said.
He said the setback has thrown the project off course as Irrfan Khan will take time to get into his army look all over again.
"He sports cropped hair and a pencil moustache for the army portions of Tomar's life. And he refuses to sport a fake one. So now we'll have to wait for him to find the time to re-grow the proper facial hair," Dhulia said.
Now the director is back to shoot his troubled comedy "Showman" with Govinda.
Govinda and Dhulia have sorted out their problems and will now be shooting the entire entertainment gig as part of a reality show in the script called Made For Each Other where couples find their ideal dance partners on the floor.