Demolished by local authorities

Demolished by local authorities

The demolition was ordered by the District Magistrate’s office. Patchwork scenes with Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan were scheduled to be shot on the set later this month. 

Prakash Jha Productions had taken land on lease from the Minal Residency Group, not realising that it was disputed property. From end-January till the end of March, shooting continued on the constructed set.  

The set, that has been demolished, included an entire bungalow that belongs to the character played by Amitabh Bachchan in the film and parts of the stable, where informal schools were set up in the film. This particular set was spread over an acre and a half of land.

Said Prakash Jha, “We had no idea that the land where we had constructed was disputed. But I do feel that even though the demolition had  to go through, the authorities knew we had constructed only temporary structures for the purpose of shooting. Why demolish it?  It would have been dismantled within a month. Everyone in Bhopal knew it was a set.”

He added, “The demolition has definitely upset our plans. The reason we had left the set standing was because there were a couple of patchwork scenes with Saif and  Deepika that remained to be shot. Now we have to work out alternative arrangements.” 

Said Rajnish Shrivastava, ADM, Bhopal, “It was an illegal structure so it was demolished. The High Court had directed us to demolish the structure. We did what we were
supposed to, because the construction on that area was not legal.”