While Mumbaikars found themselves scrambling for shelter and altered schedules to remain indoors in the wake of Tuesday’s torrential downpour, the resilient Bollywood industry continued to clock in hours on set. The team of Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Fukrey 2 battled all odds to continue filming at Andheri’s Filmalaya Studios, a source from the production house tells mid-day.
“The shoot could not have been pushed back since Ali [Fazal, cast member] was set to leave for Venice on Friday to attend the premiere of his Brit film, Victoria And Abdul. Filming had already been deferred last week due to Ali’s poor health. So, the team had to continue shooting on Tuesday,” the source says.
That the unit was stranded within the studio due to waterlogging was also reason for them to continue filming. “There were frequent power cuts, so, they had to use alternate sources of power. Also, given that Varun Sharma [cast member] lives near the location, food was supplied from his home since restaurants in the vicinity were shut.”
Shooting for the title track, which is also the promotional number, was underway, and was the last sequence to be canned to complete the film. To cheer the cast and crew after wrapping up the film, director Mrigdeep Singh Lamba threw an intimate bash.