One person has died in fire on the sets of Luv Ranjan’s next starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha. Following their Spain schedule, the trio kicked off the shoot in Mumbai, a few days ago. However, the shoot had to be halted due to a major mishap on the sets of the film. It is being reported that a 32-year-old man, Manish Devashi, who was working on the sets of Luv Ranjan’s film lost his life in the fire.
Major smoke coming out of Chitrakoot Ground in Andheri West, Mumbai grabbed the attention of onlookers on Friday. According to statement to PTI by civic officials, the person was brought dead at the Cooper Hospital in Juhu. Ashok Dubey, General Secretary, Federation of Western India Cine Employees, said that another man suffered some injuries who was doing set lighting work.
FWICE General Secretary spoke to ETimes and said, “There was no shoot going on when this incident occurred. One person lost his life. A film unit has 800-1000 workers and technicians, what if the mishap happened when the shoot was on? For the past 4-5 years, we have written letters to CM and fire authorities that proper investigations should be conducted at such places.”
“These accidents are happening repeatedly. The one who built this studio floor had made two other studios that have been burnt to ashes in Bangur Nagar area in Goregaon West. We are now writing to the producers’ body that they must check whether a fire audit has been done before booking studio floors. The federation is issuing notices to producers’ body and production houses and also the chief minister stating that such unauthorised structures should be permitted to function without a fire audit and NOC. In the absence of fire audit and NOC, the federation will ask workers and technicians not to work at such studios,” Ashok Dubey said. He said it will demand an enquiry with BMC.
Another set that may have suffered due to this fire is that of Rajshri Productions. The makers of the film are yet to release a statement.