Vishal Bhardwaj Forced To Call Off Film Shooting

Vishal Bhardwaj Forced To Call Off Film Shooting

30 January 2014
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj was forced to call off his film Haider's shooting in south Kashmir's Anantnag on Thursday after a crowd that had gathering there to see it became unmanageable, police said. But the film's line producer Khawar Jamsheed contradicted the police version, saying the shooting went on smoothly. 'Actually a huge number of people had gathered near the shooting venue to watch the shooting resulting in some noisy scenes. The shooting was not called off,' Jamsheed said. A police officer said it became extremely difficult for them to control the crowd. 'Four cops were injured in the melee.' He maintained the shoot was immediately cancelled and the situation brought under control. Reports said the trouble began when police did not allow onlookers to enter a park where the shooting was about to begin near the famous Sun Temple in Kehribal. The crowd responded by hooting and pelting snowballs at the shooting venue. A local resident said the crowd tried to force its way into the park as actor Shahid Kapoor arrived at the venue while police and CRPF men prevented them from getting in. 'The police and paramilitary forces fearing any untoward incident started chasing away the people, triggering clashes,' he said. Reports said security forces later escorted Shahid Kapoor back minutes after his arrival. The crew later drove to Pahalgam to shoot. Police had earlier denied reports the film's shooting was called off earlier on Tuesday after a youth reportedly hurled a fire pot at Shahid Kapoor and Irfan Khan at Zainakadal in Srinagar.