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Residents complain against film shoot at Bandra club

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2012 00:21 IST
Reetika Subramanian
Reetika Subramanian
Hindustan Times
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Bandra residents allege that a film shoot, involving several actors and technicians at the upscale Royalty Club, inconvenienced them for more than three days.

Though the production house had sought requisite police permissions to shoot at the venue between 7am and 10pm for three days from August 12, residents claimed that the shoots were not wrapped up before 12.30am, and during the day, roads were blocked by an influx of bikes, supporting stars, trucks and cars.

"We have been constantly harassed by the noise and traffic jams caused because of the shoots that take place in Royalty Club. Although the shoot was taking place inside, the gates of many buildings located on 27th Road were blocked by the parked vehicles," said Manuela Saldanha, chairperson, Revival Citizens' Group, an advanced locality management.

While the police's permission allowed the use of the gate to the club located on Waterfield Road, activists alleged that a stretch of the 27th Road was blocked.

Prashant Gunjalkar, owner of Royalty Club, did not respond to calls or text messages sent by HT.

On the basis of videos and pictures taken by the residents, Pratap Dighavkar, zonal deputy commissioner of police, said: "We will categorically reject all pleas to hold film shoots in residential areas if they affect the traffic and cause a nuisance for the residents. Producers will have to submit a prior undertaking assuring us that they will not cause any inconvenience to the residents."

"In the case of the foreign actors involved, we will check their passports to ensure they have work permits. We will take strict action and get in touch with the respective embassies in case of violations," he added.