Shooting for films sometimes can prove to be a dangerous business, and none can agree to it more than the film crew of the upcoming crime drama — Phamous. They were actually held at a gunpoint during the shooting of the film in the notorious Chambal Valley.
Phamous is set in the infamous land of dacoits - the Chambal Valley and to retain the authenticity of the film, debutant director Karan Lalit Butani decided to shoot the entire movie in the rugged ravines. Given the fact that not many films have been shot in this region, everyone was naturally excited to shoot here. “The team was prepared to face several challenges that one often comes across during outdoor shoots. However, none of them was prepared for this particular incident, when a man actually came on the sets with a real gun and threatened to shoot all of them,” says a source.
“We all were very excited to shoot in the badlands, after all, we all have grown up hearing tales of dreaded dacoits from Beehad, so shooting for our film there was a different high. However, we were all shaken up by this one incident when a man came on the sets with a gun to shoot us. None of us in our wildest imagination thought we would have to face a situation like this. But thankfully, we were able to talk sense to the man, and nobody got hurt,” recalls Karan.
Interestingly, the director incorporated a dialogue from that incident in the film. “While we all were scared at that moment, the man who came in with the gun said some interesting things in the local language. I have incorporated that dialogue in the film, and it has turned out really well,” reveals the talented director.
Starring Jimmy Sheirgill, Kay Kay Menon, Pankaj Tripathi, Jackie Shroff, Shriya Saran and Mahie Gill, it revolves around guns and power struggle. Produced by Raj Khatri, Vidisha Productions and Amitabh Chandra, the film releases on June 1.