Film shooting equipment comes to bird’s rescue
New Delhi: Lodhi Garden had more than its regular share of public holiday buzz this Sunday. For starters, a Bachchan movie was being shot there for the first time after Big B romanced Rekha for the 1981 blockbuster Silsila there. His son Abhishek was shooting for a movie titled TheBigBull.
And when he left the garden, some of the shooting equipment came in handy for a heroic rescue effort mounted by walkers and garden staff to rescue a “peacock” that was stuck high up in a tree. Ultimately, Delhi Fire Service (DFS) personnel saved the bird, which turned out to be a kite entangled in manjha, with its own equipment and firefighters.
Mitashi and Ram, who were in the garden on Sunday, said: “First there was some excitement with the movie shooting because the unit, when asked, just said ‘it’s a Bachchan movie’. We all ran, thinking it’s Big B. Near the lake where the shooting was going on, we found Abhishek and it was nice to see him too.”
Around 5.30pm, the Bachchan scion left the garden after giving his shots and the unit started packing up their voluminous equipment. Just when Lodhi Garden — which these days gets dark by 6.30pm — was getting ready for peace and quiet, a huge gathering was found near a tree at the India International Centre side exit from where the shooting equipment was being taken away.
“It was beginning to get dark and we could see a big bird stuck high up on a tree, with its neck entangled in a manjha. A peacock has been seen in that part of the garden in recent days and everyone thought that was it,” said Mitashi, a DU student.
Some good Samaritans, walkers and garden staff tried to reach out to the bird. First they used a big bamboo pole to free the bird’s neck from the manjha but the pole snapped. “Some walkers ran up to the shooting unit to borrow their trolley and steps to be able to reach out to the distressed bird. The unit members gave their steps and said the trolley can only take the weight of a camera, not a person,” said Ram, a Class X student of Sanskriti School.
Some youngsters climbed on the stair borrowed from the unit and used the bamboo pole to free the bird. When that did not work out, they called fire services. “DFS personnel were there in minutes after the call and brought their own equipment. Luckily the bird was saved,” said Mitashi.
“We got a call at 6pm about a peacock being stuck in a tree. Our personnel saved the bird, which turned out to be a kite entangled in manjha,” said a DFS official. Once the firefighters were there, the unit members took their equipment back.
And walkers went back home, happy that the bird was saved and that they had seen a Bachchan movie shooting. NDMC had given permission for the movie TheBigBull to be shot in Lodhi Garden from 6am to 6pm on Sunday.
UP THERE! A rescue effort was mounted by walkers and Lodhi Garden staff to save a ‘peacock’ that was stuck high up in a tree