‘Veer’ in trouble again?
The shooting of the Salman Khan-starrer Veer at the Amber Fort in Rajasthan seems to be getting into more and more trouble. A few days after a wall in the historic fort collapsed, leaving a few people injured, the Rajasthan High Court had the shooting stalled. And now, there
are reports saying that the unit, with the help of the fort authorities, drove wooden blocks into the wall, brought animals into the fort against regulations and otherwise damaged the structure.
When asked for a response, those from the unit and the fort authorities said that there had been no damage. Says art director Sanjay Dadabe, “I’m surprised to see the reports. While erecting the sets, we have left an inch’s distance from the historical structure, and wherever touching the heritage building is unavoidable, we have used carpets to make sure that the fort doesn’t get damaged. The work is going on under the supervision of the engineers and the experts of the Amber Development Authority. While shooting at heritage spots, we also offer the services of our carpenters and other workers to lend a hand in repairs.”
Action director Tinu Verma is equally emphatic that they aren’t flouting any norms. “Can anyone show me even a single nail that we’ve used on the fort? As far as using animals is concerned, we have the necessary permissions and all medical facilities are ready. I think that some people are trying to make the most of the situation for their personal and political interest,” he fumes.
When the shooting was stalled, director Anil Sharma had claimed, “The wall that unfortunately collapsed doesn’t come under the area where the sets have been put up.” Superintendent, Amber Palace, Zafar Ullah Khan, seconds him. “Whatever has been reported is not true. The pictures that show the dilapidated wooden blocks are not new. The area that’s been featured in the picture (see inset) and the area where the sets have been put up are two different places. The construction work that’s shown in the picture ended last year. The work that is currently on is under the guidance of a committee that comprises of junior engineers and experts form the archaeological department, and I get daily reports. Someone or a group of people are trying to turn the situation to their favour. So far, 58 films have been shot here and we have taken precautions to make sure that the fort is not damaged. Why would we not take precautions this time?” he asks.