2 FTII students fall off crane during outdoor shooting

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Students allege that the equipment provided for shooting is of poor quality

PUNE: Two students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) were injured after they fell off a camera crane during the outdoor shooting of their diploma film on Saturday.

Anuj Ujavane and Satish Kumar, both the students of ‘Diploma in Filmmaking’ (2013 batch) were shooting for their project film at Shekhadi, a village located between Diveagar and Shrivardhan in Konkan. While Anuj was on main camera, Satish was the focus puller. Because of an alleged bent in the track on which the crane was mounted, the crane slipped and the students fell from a height of 22 feet.

While Anuj has a broken collar bone, Satish fell on his head. “We took them both to a hospital in Shrivardhan, where they were given first aid. However, they did not have all necessary equipment and suggested us to take both of them to Mangaon or Pune. As Satish’s head was hurt and he is vomiting, and there is also no guarantee of finding a good orthopaedic surgeon nearby, we are bringing them to Pune for further treatment,” a student accompanying them said.

The students have alleged that the equipment provided to the students for shooting is of poor quality and despite the students complaining about it for quite some time, the same vendor is being appointed for the equipment every time due to favouritism.

Reacting to the accident, Bhupendra Kainthola, Director of FTII said, “After the unfortunate accident, for better medical treatment, the unit has been asked to return. We are in the process of collecting more information about the incident. The matter will be inquired to determine the exact cause of the mishap and whether equipment hired from the vendor is the cause.”

He further added, “I am told that the students had gone to the equipment suppliers’ godown to check the condition of the equipment before the shoot. The equipment were ordered from the local vendor only after the students’ approval. Still, if equipment quality is the cause of mishap, then the vendor cannot be absolved of the responsibility.”

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