The Tauktae cyclone has killed and damaged many properties in India earlier this week. It hasn’t spared the Hindi film industry as well, and now we have learnt that it has done huge damage to the standing set of Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan in Mumbai, nearly to the point of complete destruction.
Luckily there were no casualties on the set, but it has caused huge losses to the producer who will have to erect the sets again for the 15 days of the shoot that’s left.
“We had built an entire footfall stadium to shoot 8 matches in the final schedule. While we are done with 4 matches, the shoot was halted due to lockdown and now, the cyclone has destroyed our set. It’s unfortunate, but everyone is suffering in some way or another. Thankfully, there is no injury to human life,” Boney Kapoor told Pinkvilla.
Another source tells ETimes, “There were about 40 people on the set when the cyclone hit the ‘Maidaan’ set- the guards and the curators of the football ground which largely comprises the set. They tried their best to save as much as they could but their efforts proved almost totally futile.”
Added the source, “The ‘Maidaan’ makers Boney Kapoor (producer) and Amit Sharma (director) had hoped that the ongoing lockdown would be eased beyond May 31, 2021, and they would wind up the matches part in the next 15-17 days. But all those plans, for now, stand washed out.”
The makers had constructed a massive football stadium in Madh Island early last year, to shoot multiple international matches. The same was dismantled in May 2020 due to the lockdown caused by Covid pandemic. The makers constructed it again towards the end of last year, and this is the second time, that their set is destroyed due to cyclone.
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Maidaan is a biographical sports film based on the golden era of Indian football, which stars Ajay Devgn as football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. Maidaan is directed by Amit Sharma and produced by Zee Studios in collaboration with Bayview Projects LLP.