Mak­ers of Shraddha Kapoor and Ra­jkum­mar Rao’s next come up with strict guide­lines to ward off evil spir­its dur­ing the film’s new sched­ule inn Bhopal

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When Shraddha Kapoor and Ra­jkum­mar Rao re­sumed the se­cond sched­ule of Stree a cou­ple e days ago in Bhopal, Madhy Pradesh, the cast and crew were wel­comed — quite lit­er­ally — with a statu­tory warn­ing. Ap­par­ently, when the pro­duc­tion team was in Bhopal a few days be­fore the shoot was to start, a few loca learnt about it and im­me­di­ately ap­proached the to give a low-down about the shoot­ing spot.

“Lo­cals were kind enough to tell us about the hor­rific sto­ries that have taken place in the past around that par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion and the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures that they should un­der­take. Im­me­di­ately, a for­mal let­ter — list­ing all the guide­lines — was drafted by the mak­ers to keep away evil spir­its, and the same was placed in ev­ery room on the first day it­self and ev­ery­one was re­quested to take it se­ri­ously,” says an in­sider close to the film’s unit mem­bers.

The shoot is tak­ing place in an area where a num­ber of su­per­nat­u­ral in­ci­dents are be­lieved to have taken place in the past. “Since the lo­ca­tion it­self is sim­i­lar to a haunted fort, and the cast and crew have to shoot dur­ing nights, Di­noo (Di­nesh Vi­jan; pro­ducer) does not want to take any chance,” says the in­sider. Af­ter Bhopal, the cast and crew will con­tinue the shoot at Chan­deri, Mad­hya Pradesh.

When con­tacted, Di­nesh ex­plains, “We wanted to get as le­git as pos­si­ble and so we thought, ‘why not shoot at a spot that peo­ple re­fer to as a haunted place?’ So a lo­ca­tion was cho­sen based on a few ru­mours float­ing around. How­ever, grad­u­ally ru­mours started be­com­ing first-per­son ac­counts of in­ex­pli­ca­ble in­ci­dents.” He adds, “Now, I thank ev­ery­one in my cast and crew for be­ing co­op­er­a­tive re­gard­ing the in­struc­tions that we have asked ev­ery­one to abide by.”

and Shraddha Kapoor

The for­mal let­ter with guide­lines

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