Even after Rahul Dholakia shifted the shoot of Lamha, from Srinagar to Film City, reports about the film’s slow progress continue. Besides, there has been considerable buzz about the director’s differences with producer Bunty Walia.
However, Dholakia maintains that the shoot is on schedule, despite reports that Sanjay Dutt’s had not reported for the shoot for three consecutive days.
Dholakia is planning to complete about 75 per cent of the film in the current schedule which is on till January 8.
On being asked about Dutt’s three-day absence, the director expressed surprise, “Where do these reports come from? Sanju was very much here on time on Tuesday morning and yesterday, and shot his scenes. We’re shooting at the right pace, so there’s no delay.”
The director also dismissed his differences with producer Walia as “nothing major,” elaborates, “That’s normal in any production, there’s nothing new about it here. We’re all working as a team.. there are no issues involved.”
The set, on which Lamha is being shot currently, has cost nearly Rs 7 crore. Dholakia doesn’t sound keen on going into the production cost, but asserts that the priority was to get the set right since the film is essentially based in Kashmir.
“At the end of the day, the film must remain true to its subject. I’ll still have about 10 days of shooting left after wrapping up this schedule. For that, we’ll be returning to Kashmir in January,” he says.
All those hiccups
The shooting was first disrupted in Srinagar when actor Bunny Anand was carrying a fake AK-47 for a scene being filmed in the market.
Later, Bipasha Basu was so upset with a remark by a local policeman, that she chose to return home. Following such incidents, the outdoor shoot in Srinagar was cancelled.
“We’ve sorted out all the issues with the J & K police, the CRPF and all the authorities. The next time we go to Kashmir, we will complete the shooting as planned. Bipasha too has been assured that there will be no hiccups, so she will also be there for her scenes,” concluded Dholakia.