Salman Khan’s shoot disrupted by FWICE employee
Hanumant Rao Patil, a notorious film federation employee disrupted the actor’s shoot and will now have to face the consequences for it
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 14, 2012)
Nobody can ever dare to stop a Salman Khan shoot. But FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees) guy Hanumant Rao Patil is surely an exception. Patil, a self-styled king (read mafia lord), who has been going on upstaging Bollywood shoots for the past few months and tormenting filmmakers in the Hindi cinema industry, recently stopped a commercial shoot featuring the actor that was taking place at Mehboob Studios in Bandra. In fact Salman was left cooling his heels in his vanity van. And this unpleasant incident has not gone down too well with the other members of FWICE.
Mumbai Mirror learnt that five days back, Patil barged in on the sets of the Salman Khan commercial. He stopped the shoot and asked Raman Lamba, who was in charge of the production, to cough up Rs 66,000. Patil stated that he heads the ‘Still photography Department’ of the FWICE. Since Lamba wasn’t registered with the institution, Patil asked him to pay up the required sum before continuing with the shoot.
Angry with Patil, the Vice Chairman of Allied Mazdoor Union, a part of FWICE, Prem Singh Thakur said, “Stopping Salman’s shoot is just not done. The same goes for any other shoot actually. FWICE is not here to inconvenience people. We don’t demand money from people. We resolve issues amicably. What Patil is doing is just not done.”
He revealed that Salman’s shoot was not the only production that has suffered because of Patil’s antics. “He stopped a shoot in Goregaon yesterday. Two models were shooting for an ad. Patil demanded for money there as well,” said an irritated Thakur.
Another senior member of the association, Dinesh Chaturvedi, General
Secretary FWICE said, “We have not issued a business member card to Patil. But we had appointed him as the Head of Still Photography. But if this is the way he is going to function, we shall not issue the card to him.”
When we contacted Patil, he however chose to defend his style of functioning. “Lamba was not registered with FWICE. I have done no wrong. Lamba even had to submit his passport and a few other documents to us today. A few more formalities still remain though.”
Patil also denied inconveniencing Salman Khan during the shoot. However, Chaturvedi who is also doing a cameo in Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2 revealed that Salman had in fact told him about the incident ‘indirectly’ on the sets of the film. “He said ‘aapke vigilance ke log set pe chale aate hain’ without naming Patil. And I understood what he meant,” revealed Chaturvedi.
Keeping Salman’s complaint in mind, the federation has now decided to take a step against Patil. “We have requested every producer to check the vigilance member card of any person who disrupts a shoot or asks for money claiming that they are from the federation,” Chaturvedi told Mirror.
As for Patil, the federation has now decided to take strict action against him. “Patil has been harassing filmmaker for a long time. We want to sack him very soon.”
Lamba chose not to get involved in the FWICE fight and said, “We are unable to comment on this. Please respect our decision.”
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