Actor Sunny Deol’s TV debut, stunt-based show Jaanbaaz, was allegedly in limbo. According to reports, the show, being produced by production house Colosceum, was likely to be scrapped following technical issues. The reality show is a competition between the industry’s top stunt men, who will be fighting it out for a chance to direct their own action sequences in a movie, apart from a hefty cash prize. It was said that the unit had shot loads of episodes with the usual cameras and technical set up, but were now being pushed to re-shoot everything on an HD (high definition) camera, which was making everything difficult.
There were supposedly discussions between the channel and the production house on whether the show should be taken on floors from scratch, and whether more money should be pumped into the show’s production at this stage. The reports said that the show was supposed to replace Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs in the last week of September.
However, our well-placed source in the channel confirms that the show is on track and will be on air before the year ends. “A huge amount of money has been spent on the production. The kind of stunts being performed have never been seen before in Hindi movies or on any other TV programme. The production house has shot close to 15 episodes on HD cameras, because that is what they started with. We’re just left with 10 episodes to shoot,” adds the source.
Further, our source, on condition of anonymity, says that the sets are lavish and the show has been shot across the city and a few scenic locations in Maharashtra. “The rains have been playing havoc. We can’t put up a set and let it get washed away with the monsoon showers. So, we have to wait for a dry spell to complete those episodes. We’re also working on getting proper dates from Sunny,” our source informs.
When asked, the spokesperson from Zee TV, the show’s broadcaster, says, “Jaanbaaz is not scrapped. It’s a show shot outdoors and the weather conditions don’t permit any shooting at the moment. The schedule has been moved ahead to a time and month when we can comfortably complete the shoot. The production house and our anchor, actor Sunny Deol, have been informed about the changes. And they are on the same page as us on the matter.”