‘Mumbai Saga’: Shoot of John Abraham starrer disrupted by political leader

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The shooting of John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi starrer Mumbai Saga was recently forcefully stopped. Interestingly, it was not any goon or gang leader who disrupted the shooting but a local political leader.

The director of the film Sanjay Gupta took to his Twitter handle to share the ordeal and loss in a three part tweet. According to his post, the shooting was happening just outside Mumbai with around 450 junior artistes and a crew of over 250 people.

Without revealing the name of the political party, Gupta disclosed that the leader had some “ridiculous demands which included that he should break the coconut before we start shooting, photo op with the stars & eventually cash payment for his ‘permission’.”

Sharing that the shoot was stopped not by some goons but a political leader, Gupta wrote in his first tweet, “In the 80’s & early 90’s when we shot outside city limits invariably the local Dada, Bhai or goon would land up, disrupt shoot & demand his share. Same thing happened today on location of #MumbaiSaga only this time the goon was a political leader with cronies from his party.”

The director said when they refused to give in the demands the local cops came to shut the shooting down. “We refused to give in to his ridiculous demands which included that he should break the coconut before we start shooting, photo op with the stars & eventually cash payment for his ‘permission’. We refused & a few hours later the local cops arrived to shut us down,” his tweet read.

He admitted that he would never shoot in that place again. He tweeted, “Fortunately for us we had finished filming the main scene. We had around 450 Jr Artists & a crew of 250 plus. Can you imagine the loss we would have to face had we not finished in time? We packed up, cut our losses & left. Don’t think I’ll ever shoot in that place again. Sad!”

Mumbai Saga is an action crime film that boasts of a huge star cast which includes Emraan Hashmi, John Abraham, Kajal Aggarwal, Anil Kapoor and Suniel Shetty among others.

The film is a gangster drama set in the eighties and the nineties. The story tells the changing face of Mumbai, how in eighties and the nineties mills were closed to make malls and high rise buildings. The principal photography began on 27 August 2019. and the film is scheduled to be released on 19 June 2020.

The film is directed by Sanjay Gupta, and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta and Sangeeta Ahir.

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