Pune: University students will miss a chance to meet superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who was expected to shoot for Sairat fame filmmaker Nagraj Manjule, as Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Nitin Karmalkar has issued a notice to the filmmaker to stop the shooting and remove the set from the university premises within seven days.
The action was taken after the VC received a show cause notice from State Minister of Higher and Technical Education Ravindra Waikar for allowing shooting without due government permission on government land.
Meanwhile, the tehsildar’s office is also expected to act against the SPPU administration for giving government land for shooting without taking permission. SPPU also failed to take permission from the University Management Council, District Administration and Directorate of Higher Education. Waikar had directed the department to issue a show cause notice to the VC on Wednesday during his visit to the university.
“We have already given Manjule a letter and asked him to remove the set and vacate the place at the earliest. However, the set required around 15 days to be set up in the first place. So they will also need a few days to take it down. Considering this, we expect them to leave within seven days,” Karmalkar said.
He admitted that he was responsible for the fiasco. He said, “To avoid such confusion in future, we will not grant any kind of permission from the VC’s office henceforth. The Management Council and the local governing body will be the authority for obtaining such permissions.”
Sources close to Manjule said the shooting was scheduled to begin in late February and Amitabh Bachchan was expected to visit the university then.