Pun­jab sit­u­a­tion stalls film shoot

Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal-star­rer Raazi was be­ing shot in Patiala, says di­rec­tor Meghna

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Self-con­fessed god­man Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is now be­hind bars, but ever since his con­vic­tion a few days back — for raping two of his women dis­ci­ples in 2002 — the sit­u­a­tion has been tense in Pun­jab. Ow­ing to ri­ots and an even­tual cur­few, Alia Bhatt (right) and Vicky Kaushal (above) got stuck in Patiala. The ac­tors are there to shoot for Meghna Gulzaar’s (be­low right) di­rec­to­rial, Raazi, but had to re­strict them­selves to their ho­tel.

“The city is un­der cur­few, so we ob­vi­ously can­not shoot,” con­firmed Meghna.

Talk­ing about their film’s shoot­ing get­ting stalled and the pro­duc­tion suf­fer­ing losses, the film­maker — who has di­rected films such as Just Mar­ried (2007), Dus Ka­haniyan (2007) and Tal­var (2015) — said she wasn’t very wor­ried. “Hope­fully, we will make it up. We are pos­i­tive. We have a great team and ev­ery­one is co­op­er­a­tive and un­der­stand­ing. They know the sit­u­a­tion, so we will work around it,” said Meghna.

Fol­low­ing the ten­sion in Pun­jab, parts of Delhi-NCR were also put on High Alert. Gurmeet was con­victed of rape on Fri­day, af­ter which 32 deaths were re­ported due to ri­ots in Panchkula district and six in Sirsa, where the sect’s head­quar­ter is based.

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

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