Kangri Hurled On Bollywood Crew

SRINAGAR:  The shooting for ‘Haider’, a movie directed by Vishal Bharadwaj stopped for a while in old city after a youth threw a Kashmiri fire pot (Kangri) towards the actors hitting Irfan Khan while brushing Shahid Kapoor. 

According to reports the Bollywood crew including actor Shahid Kapoor and Irfan Khan appeared at Aishan Sahab, Zaina Kadal area of Srinagar on Tuesday morning.

A crew member said they were shooting a kidnapping sequence for which a Maruti car was being used.

An eyewitness said that things were going fine and youth were enthusiastically shaking hands with Shahid Kapoor when the incident happened. “The shooting was in progress and both the actors Shahid and Irfan were moving towards Maruti car when suddenly somebody from crowd threw a Kangri (firepot) which hit Irfan Khan and the ash whirling in air fell on Shahid Kapoor as well,” he said adding that soon after the incident spectators started fleeing from the spot while few youth raised anti-India slogans.

Another eyewitness  said, “We were enjoying the shooting but don’t know who hurled the Kangri. No one was injured and even the actors reciprocated with a smile over the childish act of some youth,” he said adding that the spectators were mainly students.

“Soon after the incident, police vacated all the spectators and shooting continued smoothly afterwards,” a shopkeeper of Zaina Kadal area said.

Superintendent of Police, City North, Tahir Saleem, however, denied the reports that any Kangri was hurled during the incident. “There was huge crowd and the youth demanded autographs from the actors. When police tried to control the crowd, one of the youth slipped along with his Kangri which he was carrying,” he said adding that shooting went on smoothly.

The movie, ‘Haider’, an adaptation of Shakespearean tragedy ‘Hamlet’, is set entirely in Kashmir. A long shooting schedule was held last year with the lead actor Shahid Kapoor and actress Shraddha Kapoor filming a major chunk of the movie.   

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