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Vikram's production cost increases, thanks to landscape damage

india Updated: May 15, 2009 13:37 IST
Hiren Kotwani

If producer Vikram Bhatt thought that it was the end of production costs on the last day’s shooting for his next film, Three in Scotland, he was mistaken. The film, directed by Vishal Pandya and featuring Aashish Chowdhry, Nausheen Ali Sardar and Akshay Kapoor, incurred additional expenditure for the damage done to the landscape of the villa that was being used as the location.

According to a source in the unit, the shot required Chowdhry to drive up to the foyer, and then step out of the car and into the house. “After the shot was okay-ed, everybody got busy congratulating each other and the shooting was wrapped up. And it was only a few moments later that someone spotted the car rolling down and raised an alarm,” informs the source.

Gone with the wind
Soon, the Chevrolet MUV, one of the most automated vans in recent times, was running down the hill at 50 kmph.. and within minutes, it rammed into the bushes.

On being contacted, Chowdhry confirmed the incident and elaborated, “Because everyone got busy wrapping up, the team handling the car probably forgot to take care of it. Maybe, I should have pulled the handbrakes, to avoid the car from backing down.”

Fortunately, there were no casualties, as the unit members got out of the way in time. Chowdhry shot pictures of the car in the bushes on his blackberry and sent them to Bhatt, who promptly reverted— “I hope no one is hurt.”

Luckily, the car was insured, so the damages were taken care of. “Unfortunately, the landscaping was not. So the producers had to make good the losses, which ran to a few thousand pounds,” reveals our source.

All is well
However, Chowdhry is all praise for the Indian crew’s handling of the situation. “The European crew was planning to call a proper formal service to pull the car out of the bushes. But the Indian crew dug up the soil and the rocks from under the tyres, and pulled the MUV out with a rope tied to a generator van,” says Chowdhry.