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After being refused permission to shoot his film on 26/11 at CST this June, the filmmaker had received a verbal go-ahead; however, when he sent a letter requesting the railways to allow him to shoot at the station this week, his request was turned down yet again
Vedika Chaubey (MID-DAY; October 11, 2012)
It wouldn’t be uncharitable to state that Ram Gopal Varma has had to deal with more disappointments than successes in recent times. Yesterday was another washout for the maverick filmmaker and his crew as railways refused to award them approval for shooting parts of a motion picture based on the 26/11 attacks at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).
Sources say the team had mailed dates and timings of the shoot to the railways and it was believed that authorities had granted them a go-ahead orally. But when RGV sent a letter asking for permission in writing, railways rejected his request.
“Despite our refusal, RGV sent us a letter mentioning the itinerary for the shoot. The correspondence also said that the crew would adhere to our conditions.
We forwarded the communication to Railway Protection Force (RPF) but a consent couldn’t be secured,” said a Central Railway (CR) representative, adding, “We have already told RGV that we don’t want railways to be shown in a poor light and the crew has agreed on that point. Still, since there will be passengers present at the station, we told Varma to send his proposal directly to the railway board and its decision will be final.” More >
Central Railway officials refuse to give filmmaker (who had infamously toured terror-ravaged hotels with the then CM) permission to shoot at the station for his film on the terror attacks, as it is a sensitive issue.
Vedika Chaubey (MID-DAY; June 7, 2012)
The debacle of Department has failed to deter filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and he’s quickly moved on to his next opus – perhaps his most controversial. The filmmaker was at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) yesterday, reportedly seeking permission to shoot some scenes for The Attacks of 26/11, which has already gone on the floors. RGV had courted controversy when he visited the terror-ravaged hotels soon after the terror strike, in the company of then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
At around 3 pm, RGV and his team members came to meet railway officials from the public relations department with his idea. CR authorities, who were hesitant about the matter, denied permission and have now asked him to approach the Railway Board in Delhi.
A TV grab of Ram Gopal Varma during his visit to Taj Hotel after the 26/11 terrorist attacks
Reel terror “We don’t want any gory images or blood to be shown as the incident was sad for the nation. So, we have asked them to send the proposal in writing and we will be permitting them to shoot the scenes only if we feel that it will not affect the railways’ image,” said another CR official. Sources in CR claimed the 26/11 attacks being a sensitive issue, they had been deferring meeting RGV More >
Roana Maria Costa | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 14, 2011)
Mumbai: Expect to see many more Western Railway (WR) locales on the big and silver screens. WR officials said streamlining and easing of bureaucracy helped them make money through film and commercial shootings. However, Central Railway (CR) has been preferred by filmmakers and ad men.
WR officials said the time needed to get approval for a shoot has reduced from a couple of weeks to around five days. “We are trying to grant permission as soon as possible,” a senior WR official said. WR has identified spots like yards, bridges, cabins, trains and coaches which can be used for shooting. “To encourage shooting on WR’s property, which are scenic and display railway themes, stations, yards, rest houses/ institutes, car-sheds/workshops, goods sheds, bridges, railway museums and sports grounds have been identified,” he said. Some WR spots that have had star visits are the Kandivli and Mahalaxmi car-sheds, Goregaon and Mahalaxmi platforms, Lower Parel workshop, Mumbai Central and Churchgate stations, Bandra terminus, Pali Hill officers’ club, running locals between Goregaon and Churchgate, running Mail/Express trains between Mumbai Central and Valsad/Surat and back, the Bandra railway colony (opposite Gaiety-Galaxy) and the Mahalaxmi ground.
WR, which hopes to rake in more than Rs 50 lakh this year, has written to production houses, urging them to shoot on railway property. In More >
The legendary Lata Mangeshkar might be miffed with the traffic cops but she’s willing to make an exception for Railway officials.
Latatai will be singing a song whose lyrics have been penned by Satya Prakash, Chief Operations Manager (COM) of Central Railway in Sanjay Sharma’s film Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun. Nikhil Kamath has composed the music of the film, which will release by August this year.
“It’s difficult for me to explain my joy,” says Satya Prakash. Prakash has written some books that have compilations of his poetry.
The officer is proud to have pursued his passion as diligently as his profession.