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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 >