The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday lifted the stay imposed on the shooting of the Salman Khan-starrer Veer at the historic Amber fort. It, however, ordered the producers of the film to pay a fine of Rs 20 lakh for the damage caused to a wall of the fort on February 12, while they were shooting there.
A division bench comprising Justice RC Gandhi and Manish Bhandari directed the state government to decide on the compensation amount to be paid to those injured in the accident. While allowing another four days of shooting at the fort, the court said any extension of the period would be the discretion of the Amber Fort superintendent.
“The court has given a good decision and we accept the penalty. Four days of shooting is allowed and we will start from Friday,” said Vijay Galani, producer of the film. His lawyer said there was no need to apply for a fresh licence to shoot at the fort.
The court also lifted its Wednesday order banning publicising of court proceedings in the case after Abhinav Sharma, amicus curiae in the case, argued that the common man had the right to know the developments.
The court, however, refused to consider the producers’ plea challenging the revised conditions imposed by the the state’s Art, Literature, Culture and Archaeology Department.
The department, in an order on Wednesday, had set new conditions for film shootings at heritage monuments. Now sets can be erected only 10 days before the shooting and has to be removed within three days after the work is over. Twenty per cent of the prescribed fee also must be deposited in advance.
If the sets are not removed after the stipulated three days, a fine of 20 per cent of the fee will be collected per day.