Last night, April 11th, a massive rain storm hit Punjab region where the unit of Fox Star studios India and Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola was shooting. The force of the storm was so strong that it caused a 20 feet light tower to break and fall on the outdoor shoot which injured five unit members who were nearby.
The shoot was happening on the fields and due to the heavy rains and storm; the roads were blocked with fallen trees. The situation was so bad that the other unit members carried the injured on the shoulders to safe place from where the ambulance took them to the hospital.
Three injured light boys were operated on late last night and two surgeries were done today morning. The condition of the injured unit members is being monitored closely. The shoot has been stopped for the moment.
The starcast including Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma were also present at the shoot and are fine. Says director Vishal Bhardwaj, “My unit and I are extremely distressed by last night’s cyclone. Our only heartfelt concern is for our colleagues who were hurt badly on the set.”
Fox Star studios India CEO, Vijay Singh says, “It’s most unfortunate incident. Damage to the equipment, though heavy, is replacable, but our deep concern is for our injured unit members.”
The shoot is 90 percent over with just 14 days work remaining. The unit feels once the operations are successfully over they will start the shoot post that.