Rain, poor light, ailing actors and starry tantrums have led to
delay or calling off of many shoots. But here's one incident when
the threat was from a family of slithery creatures instead.
There was a scene in Ashok Thakeria's Dhamaal, directed
by Indra Kumar, in which actors Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi,
Aashish Chowdhury and Javed Jaffrey were required to be atop a
broken bridge at Borivalli National Park. Now, as if that wasn't
risky enough, there was a family of four-five huge snakes resting
under a few boulders right near the bridge. The reptiles were
discovered when the camera was rolling, hence, the actors had no
clue about the danger. A few lightmen kept guard while the shot was
According to a source, the snakes were perilously close to the
actors and had they made the slightest movement, the camera would
have caught a different drama altogether. But had the actors known
beforehand about the snakes they would have created a drama
anyways. So all's well that ends well.