The sets for Luv Ranjan’s upcoming film, which was built at the Chitrakoot Ground in Mumbai, recently caught fire. The untitled film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles. According to reports, the sets of a film by Rajshri Production were also engulfed in fire. Now, the general secretary of FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees) has said that the federation will write a letter to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to ensure the safety of workers and technicians. Concerned about the Chitrakoot fire, he said it would have been disastrous if hundreds of workers and technicians were on film sets when the accident happened. Read more: A death in the fire on the set of the film by Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor
On Friday, a fire broke out at movie sets set up at Chitrakoot Ground next to the Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai Fire officials said. While initial reports said there were no injuries or fatalities, it was later reported that one person, a 32-year-old man, was pronounced dead at Cooper Hospital. Several reports said that one of the sets the fire broke out on was Luv Ranjan’s project starring Ranbir and Shraddha. According to reports, none of the cast were filming at the time, but some crew members were present on location.
Now, FWICE General Secretary Ashok Dubey has spoken about the incident in a new interview with ETimes, and wondered what could have happened if a Ranbir and Shraddha Kapoor were filming with the crew on set. He said: “There was no filming going on when this incident happened. One person lost their life. A filming unit has 800 to 1,000 workers and technicians, what if the incident happened during filming? Over the past 4-5 years we have been writing letters to the CM and the fire departments for proper investigations to be carried out in these locations.”
He further pointed out why such incidents happen in movie studios. “These accidents happen repeatedly. Whoever built this studio floor had made two other studios which were burnt down in the Bangur Nagar area of Goregaon West. We are now writing to the body of producers to verify whether a fire audit has been done before booking the studio floors The federation sends notices to the producer body and production houses as well as to the Chief Minister stating that such unauthorized structures should be allowed to operate without a fire audit and NOC. In the absence of a fire audit and NOC, the federation will ask workers and technicians not to work in such studios,” Ashok Dubey said.
He also added that if the concerns raised by FWICE are not rectified, the federation will demand an investigation by BMC and the state government into several studios like Chitrakoot.
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