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Fire on Bhansali's set could mean damage of Rs.10 mn

By Viral Bhayani, IANS

A day after a severe fire gutted the sets of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Black", the damage is being estimated at over Rs.10 million - though it was insured.

The set, a 'haveli', or traditional Indian bungalow, at Film City here was gutted by a fire at around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The fire is said to have been caused by a short circuit and the subsequent explosion of two gas cylinders, which almost brought the roof of the sets down.

"The fire was dangerous and severe that there were chances of it spreading across the neighbourhood area where many huts are located," says fireman Vishwas Kulkarni.

Among the goods that were damaged were props, technical equipment antiques besides many other things that are used while shooting films.

Sources say the damage may be worth Rs.10 million even though the set was insured by Bhansali.

The massive set depicting a haveli had taken a lot of time to build and included precious creative inputs.

There were no casualties unlike the last time when a fire broke out on the sets of Bhansali's "Devdas" four years ago, killing one person.

According to fire brigade sources, the fire was first noticed by security guards at around 8 a.m.

The fire took place on set number 16 and if it had not been controlled it might have spread to the sets of other productions, including the TV soap "Malini Iyer" starring Sridevi.

It was not clear if the film's stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee and Nandana Sen, were supposed to shoot that day.


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