Mumbai: Director Sanjay Gupta’s upcoming movie ‘Mumbai Saga’ is in its final stage of completion and the director had planned to film the same at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad along with a hand-picked crew of 30, including lead actors John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi.
However, with the cases of coronavirus rising rapidly on a daily basis, Sanjay Gupta has decided to call off the shoot plans of Hyderabad.
Talking about the same the director told that the decision was taken after a discussion with his leading cast and co-producer, Bhushan Kumar, “The country recorded 30,000 cases in a single day. Moreover, the World Health Organisation’s statement about the possibility of the virus being airborne was alarming. It stated that the virus can remain in the air in crowded closed spaces. Of the 14-day shoot that I had planned, we were to film at three indoor sets for 10 days. That would have posed a risk. We wanted to shoot in Hyderabad, but now it’s as unsafe as Mumbai. So, we might as well do it in our city.”
Sanjay now plans to commence the final shoot for his crime saga by August 15 but admits the schedule could be pushed further. “John, Emraan, and the rest of us were kicked about shooting, but we can’t do so by putting everyone’s health at risk. John was to finish the pending work on Mumbai Saga before moving on to his next. But with cases on the rise, we decided it would be best to take stock of the situation after a month. We will try to procure permission to shoot from August 15, and are eyeing three studios, Mehboob, Essel, and Film City; the dates are tentative,” he ends.
Sanjay Gupta’s Mumbai Saga is a period Gangster flick, set in the 80s the film show the transition from Bombay to Mumbai.
It is a Gulshan Kumar presentation and is backed by T-Series and White Feather Films production. The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Sangiita Ahir, and Anuradha Gupta.