Fire during Kesari’s filming sets Akshay Kumar back by ₹18 crore

Amit Karn

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he set of Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film ‘Kesari’ was gutted in a fire during the shooting of the climax scene at Wai in interior Maharashtra on April 23. Arjun Chinchkar of Wather police station, where an FIR was lodged in connection with the fire, said that the estimated loss was upwards of ₹18 crore.

The crew was supposed to blast a wall but accidentally, the entire set of a fort caught fire, damaging expensive cameras.

Sources claim that all equipment and crew were insured and the insurance company has been provided details of the damage. But the company says that the fire went out of control as proper safety measures were not in place. There were no fire extinguishers and the water available was insufficient.

On the other hand the makers have decided to go ahead with the shoot and are planning to start shooting the climax in Himachal Pradesh. The crew will be stationed in Lahaul and Spiti district. They plan to shoot for 12 days and will be returning to Wai in June. However the team is still unsure if they can shoot in Wai in June, considering Monsoon season. If things don’t work out as per the plan then the makers will opt for VFX work.

Meanwhile, Reema Kagti is working on editing of Akshay Kumar’s Independence Day release ‘Gold’. Akshay is playing hockey player Balbir Singh in the film. The film is directed by Reem and initial shoot of the film took place in London, where hockey is played on grass instead of turf. All actors had to take three months training and some scenes were shot in Punjab. Gold is going to be Akshay’s longest in-making film as it went on floor last year in June.