Film shoot­ing equip­ment comes to bird’s res­cue

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

Photo cour­tesy: Ram Sinha

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

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