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Vanishing act

It has not even been a month since the much-delayed Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Wo Rab Ki Marzi went on air and there are hurdles again. Child artiste Miit Chandna’s absence has producers in a tizzy.

tv Updated: Mar 20, 2009 12:01 IST
Rachana Dubey

It has not even been a month since the much-delayed Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Wo Rab Ki Marzi went on air and there are hurdles again. Apparently, the shoot of the Sahara One daily toplining Neha Marda and Neil Bhatt, had been put on hold for the last couple of days.

Reason: the sudden absence of child actor Miit Chandna. The boy plays the childhood counterpart of the hero, Bhatt – Sumer. Chandna went missing along with his family a few days ago. Sagar Arts, the show’s production house, made incessant phone calls.. which went unanswered. The boy’s father’s mobile phone was switched off too.

Just informed
In the last shot that Chandna gave before his vanishing act, there was a little tiff between the star-crossed lovers. Nupur Barua from Sagar Arts confirms but says that it’s not the boy’s fault that he’s not reported to the shoot. His father is to blame.. he’s the one who’s extra ambitious.

She continues, “We were ‘informed’ later that Miit had landed a role in an upcoming Amitabh Bachchan movie. And he had to report for the schedule. Normally, one asks for permission or at least discusses the matter with the production house, especially if you have a long commitment.”

Next option
The production house says that they are shooting with actors available at the moment because coordinating timings is difficult. “It’s a daily. So we can afford a two-day break when everyone is tired but the shoot can’t come to a grinding halt,” points out Barua. “Incidents like these bring down the team’s morale. The quality of the show also dips.. and that reflects on the TRPs.”

She adds, “We needed 10 days with Miit. When he returns on Sunday, we will only have four days to complete 10 days of work,” states Barua.

The period love story involves plenty of characters being played by senior TV actors. Barua considers that to be a boon because, “Though they get slightly upset don’t throw tantrums.”

Tough time
She informs that it’s not just Miit who has gone off for the shoot. Another senior actor who also has a part in the Bachchan movie has gone away. “We had a large portion to shoot with these two and the others. Rearranging artistes’ dates is tough,”Barua sighs.