Fire erupts at fa­mous Raj Kapoor Stu­dio; set dam­aged, none in­jured

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - NATION HINDUSTANTIMES - Ee­shan­priya M S and Gee­tan­jali Gurl­ho­sur


MUM­BAI : A fire broke out at the iconic RK Stu­dio in Mum­bai’s Chem­bur on Satur­day af­ter­noon, com­pletely gut­ting one of the sets be­ing used for film­ing the re­al­ity show Su­per Dancers.

No ca­su­al­ties or in­juries were re­ported as the shoot­ing was not on but the stu­dio suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age.

The fire, of­fi­cials sus­pect, was caused by a shot cir­cuit, al­though the Mum­bai fire brigade did not con­firm this and said it would wait for a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

RK Stu­dio houses the lo­gis­tics of the RK Films pro­duc­tion com­pany, both es­tab­lished by and named af­ter le­gendary Bol­ly­wood ac­tor, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Raj Kapoor in 1948 and is presently looked af­ter by his son Rishi Kapoor.

Kapoor ex­pressed his sad­ness over the in­ci­dent in a tweet: “Sad A ma­jor fire broke out at RK Stu­dioswe have lost the iconic Stage 1 Thank­fully no ca­su­al­ties nor in­juries. All your con­cerns ap­pre­ci­ated (sic).”

PS Ra­hang­dale, the chief of the Mum­bai fire brigade, said an alert call was re­ceived by the depart­ment around 2.22 pm and fire fight­ers reached the spot within five min­utes. “The fire was con­fined to elec­tric wiring, elec­tric in­stal­la­tion, dec­o­ra­tion equip­ment in the 100x80 sq ft area on the ground floor of the build­ing,” he said.

Six fire en­gines and five wa­ter tankers were pressed into ser­vice, and they brought the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol by 5pm.

An of­fi­cial from the fire brigade said, “There has been a lot of dam­age to lights, dec­o­ra­tions, and the set is burnt. But the fire brigade can­not es­ti­mate the ex­tent of the dam­age.” Eye­wit­nesses present at the lo­ca­tion said heavy sparks were seen in the elec­tric wiring around the set, min­utes be­fore the fire started.

Saiprasad Salunke, who works in the build­ing ad­ja­cent to RK Stu­dio, said, “I saw sparks in the wiring around the build­ing, and then smoke a minute later.” He said he saw the roof made from ce­ment sheets crum­ble be­fore walls of Stage 1 caved in. An­other eye­wit­ness, Ki­ran Lam­bachiya, who works as a driver, said, “I saw some peo­ple run­ning out of the stu­dio. As I went to check what had hap­pened, we heard a loud noise and saw the build­ing col­laps­ing.” One of the staff mem­bers of the stu­dio said on con­di­tion of anonymity that the shoot­ing was usu­ally held on week­ends but the crew had fin­ished shoot­ing their day’s work by Fri­day mid­night. The mem­ber said otehr sets had em­ploy­ees present at the time and they ran out upon see­ing smoke.

Traf­fic from the East­ern High­way to V N Pu­rav Marg was cor­doned off.

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