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Shooting of 1984 riots film disrupted in Ludhiana village

Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, May 19, 2014
First Published: 07:56 IST(19/5/2014) | Last Updated: 12:58 IST(19/5/2014)

Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan and the entire unit of her upcoming Hindi film October 31 (tentative name) -- based on the 1984 riots -- were harassed on the shooting location at Gungrana village, 27 km from here, on May 16.

The filming was disrupted and some of the locals even threatened to vandalise the set. Getting no security on account of the Lok Sabha election result day, the team completed its task the next day when the police protection was available.

Speaking for the makers, Divya of Magical Dream Productions said they had incurred a loss of Rs. 25 lakh because of the interruption.

The film, being directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil, stars Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das and Deep Raj Rana. It is based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The unit is in Punjab to shoot some of the scenes. A set of Delhi’s Chandni Chowk has been made at Gungrana, and fans are free to observe the actors from a distance.

“Some 250 people were filming the scenes on Friday when a few locals appeared and, for no reason, asked the crew to pack up,” said Divya. The film will be released in October.

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