After the coronavirus outbreak, nationwide lockdown got imposed leading to put a halt on the shooting schedule and release dates of many films. Sanjay Gupta’s gangster drama, ‘Mumbai Saga’, starring John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi with Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Rohit Roy and Prateik Babbar, was completed and targeting a June release when stopped. The team was shooting an action-packed climax at real locations in Mumbai when they got hit by Covid-19 roadblock. According to sources, the Bhushan Kumar-Anuradha Gupta production is going to be among the first films to get back to start shooting next month. After getting all the permission from the Telangana government according to guidelines imposed by the Producers Guild of India and the state, Gupta will take off to Hyderabad with his actors soon to complete the shoot.
“Yes, shooting will resume in Ramoji Rao Film City as its optimal location having all the facilities and equipment required, along with the in-house crew, technical staff, and hotels for the Mumbai team. This all is contained within the studio parameters and eliminates all the risk,” Gupta confirmed.
Ten-12 days of work on the film remains, for which the entire ensemble cast is required to be present. Gupta informs that all the actors have reacted positively to the development. “We’ve worked really hard on this film and are happy to finish it on time so that we can present it to the audience,” said director Gupta, assuring that “safety of team is primitive.”
During the lockdown, the team has been working from home on the visual effects and editing. “Yes, we’ve been working in a limited way, but we still need around four months, from the time we complete the shoot to lock the final print,” admits Gupta, who has previously directed several gangster dramas, including ‘Kaante’, ‘Musafir’, ‘Shootout at Wadala’, and written ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’. His next is based on a real incident, with Emraan playing a cop and John a gangster from the ’80s and ’90s, and narrates the story of how Bombay became Mumbai. “It’s a typical masala Bollywood action movie that’s completely worth every penny spend by the audiences” he promises.
Meanwhile, Bhushan is happy that his team is gearing up to take the multi-starrer back on the floors. “These are crucial times for the movie fraternity, but through the support of government and permissions, we can move ahead for completing our films. I am grateful to the Telangana government for agreeing to let us fly our cast and crew to Ramoji Rao Film City to shoot,” stated the producer, who is currently working out the safety measures which would be followed during the shoot. “Saftey of everybody health is our main objective. I am happy our supportive cast and crew have agreed to shoot next month,” he concludes.hi