PUN­JAB SIT­U­A­TION STALLS FILM SHOOT

Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal­star­rer 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 (left) and Vicky Kaushal (inset, left) got stuck in Patiala. The ac­tors are there to shoot for Meghna Gulzaar’s (be­low) 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.

TV ac­tor Vi­vian Dsena (above), who has starred in shows such as Pyaar Kii Yeh Ek Ka­haani and Mad­hubala, is the lat­est celeb who has spo­ken up on the alarm­ing rise of the Blue Whale chal­lenge in In­dia.

The num­ber of emo­tion­ally dis­traught young­sters en­gag­ing in the on­line game, which en­cour­ages play­ers to com­plete 50 dan­ger­ous tasks and com­mit sui­cide by the end of the chal­lenge, is in­creas­ing, and Vi­vian is sad­dened by it.

“The most im­por­tant thing I want to tell such dis­turbed young peo­ple, who take the ex­treme step of com­mit­ting sui­cide, is that you don’t have the right to fin­ish the life that you were given by some­one else,” says the 29-year-old.

While some re­sort to such ad­ver­si­ties for the thrill, failed re­la­tion­ships has also been one of the pri­mary rea­sons. Here’s a piece of ad­vice from Vi­vian.

“If end­ing one’s life was a so­lu­tion for life’s prob­lems, then the whole world would be stand­ing on the high­way! If you can’t fight, you’re chal­leng­ing your fam­ily’s up­bring­ing, be­cause of all the things, your par­ents would never have taught you that this is how you deal with prob­lems,” he says.

The ac­tor adds that not los­ing hope is what mat­ters the most. “Things might seem bleak now, but there’s al­ways a ray of light which you can see only af­ter the dark­ness,” adds Vi­vian.

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