Re­al­ity show set gut­ted at R.K. Stu­dios

SU­PER DANCER RE­AL­ITY SHOW STILL SLATED TO AIR ON SEPTEM­BER 30 DE­SPITE DAM­AGE

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Wir­ing and in­stal­la­tions on a 800-square feet ground floor area of Su­per Dancer Sea­son 2 set de­stroyed |

Ama­jor fire broke out in the iconic RK Films and Stu­dios in Chem­bur yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) Dis­as­ter Con­trol of­fi­cials said.

At least 11 fire ten­ders and am­bu­lances rushed to the sprawl­ing stu­dio in north-east Mum­bai and brought the blaze un­der con­trol after an hour.

Rishi Kapoor, son of the stu­dio’s founder, the le­gendary Raj Kapoor, tweeted: “Sad. A ma­jor fire broke out at RK Stu­dios. We have lost the iconic Stage 1. Thank­fully no ca­su­al­ties, nor in­juries. All your con­cerns ap­pre­ci­ated.”

The blaze has gut­ted one of the main shoot­ing venues — the set of dance re­al­ity TV show

Su­per Dancer Sea­son 2, but shoot­ing was not un­der­way.

The con­fla­gra­tion was con­fined to elec­tri­cal wir­ing and in­stal­la­tions on a 800-square foot ground floor area within the 70-year old stu­dio.

A source from the set of the Sony Entertainment Tele­vi­sion chan­nel show told IANS: “No one was present on the set while the stu­dio caught fire. There is no casualty or in­jury what­so­ever. [The] cost of dam­age is not as­cer­tained yet.”

The source added that the last shoot­ing had taken place at the lo­ca­tion last week, and that the next shoot had been sched­uled for Septem­ber 29 or 30.

The se­cond sea­son of the show, which will fea­ture ac­tress Shilpa Shetty, ace chore­og­ra­pher Geeta Ka­pur and film­maker Anurag Basu as judges, is slated to go on air on Septem­ber 30. Its pro­mos are al­ready be­ing aired.

Au­di­tions ready

The source added that the au­di­tion episodes have al­ready been shot. “The fire mishap will not de­lay the show, and its pre­miere date will re­main the same,” the source said.

RK Stu­dio, the head­quar­ters of the film pro­duc­tion com­pany RK Films, was founded and named after the great show­man, Raj Kapoor, in 1948.

Its in­au­gu­ral ban­ner film Aag that year crashed at the box of­fice, but the next year proved to be a good omen when its pro­duc­tion Barsaat (1949), star­ring Raj Kapoor and Nar­gis, be­came a su­per­hit.

In fact, the com­pany’s logo was de­signed to reflect the poster of a scene from Barsaat and after that, the stu­dio never looked back. It had a string of suc­cess­ful black-and-white re­leases like Awaara (1951), Boot Pol­ish (1954), Shri 420 (1955), Jaagte Raho (1956). Later, the stu­dio was the venue for sev­eral other big ticket films like Jis Desh Me Ganga Be­hti Hain (1960), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Bobby (1973) — the de­but film for Rishi Kapoor and Dim­ple Ka­pa­dia, Satyam Shivam Sun­daram (1978), Prem Rog (1982), and Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), which was the founder-ac­tor’s last film be­fore his death in June 1988.

PTI

Smoke rises from a burn­ing section of RK Stu­dios after it caught fire, in Mum­bai, yes­ter­day. The blaze de­stroyed the stu­dios’ iconic Stage 1.

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