Unpredictable weather has made shooting in Mumbai like Russian roulette. After Madhur Bhandarkar who had to postpone his outdoor schedule in Mumbai for Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji, it is Vashu Bhagnani's turn to suffer due to erratic and heavy rains.
A part of the shooting to meant to be in Mumbai would now have to be done in Shimla.
Explaining the sudden change in location which would mean an added cost of at least Rs. 20 lakh for his son Jackky's re-launch, film producer Vashu explains, "We had planned some songs and scenes in Khandala. But the weather Gods did us in. The monsoon in Maharashtra has become dangerously moody. It is impossible to shoot outdoors in the rains. Earlier when we had downpours, shooting used to delayed for an hour and then it used to be fine."
But this monsoon is different. "We just can't shoot in the rains. When the downpour begins, it goes on the whole day. We discovered it was impossible to shoot in Khandala. So we're moving to Shimla which looks a lot like Khandala. Believe me, Shimla which was supposed to have erratic weather conditions is far more predictable than Maharashtra these days."
Luckily, Vashu has a director who doesn't delay shooting.
Says the producer, "Remo is as disciplined in direction as he's in dancing. He doesn't waste time or resources. When our schedule in Khandala didn't work out, he quickly relocated to Shimla. I am done with wasteful directors."
The Shimla -as- Khandala schedule starts as soon as Vashu's son Jackky returns from the World Cup Finals.
Says Vashu, "I met my son at the airport. I landed from Bangkok. He was on his way to South Africa."