A major fire gutted the Wai sets of the Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra starrer Kesari movie On Tuesday at 5 pm. The unit, which has been filming extensive sequences in the area since last month, had been shooting a war scene for the Karan Johar production when the fire broke out.
The sequence in progress featured shots of extras running amok after a series of bomb blasts, one of which was a mistimed explosion, leading to fire engulfing the entire set. “Luckily, everyone was rescued on time and there were no casualties. But the set, including equipment and cameras, has been completely destroyed, “as per the report said.
Akshay, who has been taking the chopper from Mumbai to reach the location, which is situated in the Satara district, at 7 am every day, had already wrapped up his portions for the day and left. “Ten days of shooting for the film’s climax sequence is pending and now the makers are scouting for an alternate location where the war set can be rebuilt,”.
Directed by Anurag Singh, the period-action is based on the 1897 battle of Saragarhi, which was fought between 21 Sikhs and 10,000 soldiers of the Afghan army. The film, which kicked off in January 2018, is expected to release in 2019 but shooting has temporarily been put on hold.