The story goes that Prabhas was extremely reluctant to shoot in Mumbai from Day 1. However, Om Raut (who earlier directed the Ajay Devgn, Kajol and Saif film ‘Tanhaji’) did not relent to his grumbling and erected two sets in Mumbai- one in Film City and one outside it. Now, both the sets in question have been dismantled and the film has run into an undesirable hike in its budget than what was originally planned and allocated.
Says a source, “If Raut had given in to Prabhas’ insistence, the budget might not have increased. But who knew that Maharashtra was headed for several curbs! It’s a matter that gets highlighted in postmortem. Today, Hyderabad too has a few restrictions. But the erection of the new sets is going on and the unit is hopeful to start the proceedings in the next 7-8 days.”
Why did Raut want to shoot in Mumbai? Reveals the source, “The budget of the film would have multiplied as the entire cast and crew then would have to be given lodging-boarding in Hyderabad. Plus, Om, Saif and Kriti are from Mumbai and only Prabhas had to make the move. The crew employed was also from Mumbai.”
We also hear, a few technicians (many who are integrally woven will however travel) especially the light men will now be hired from Hyderabad only.
“The sets being put up in Hyderabad are going to be pretty similar to the ones in Mumbai and the film is loaded VFX anyway, so that will be taken care of rather easily,” adds the source.
Om Raut remained unavailable for comment. Producer Bhushan Kumar did not respond either.