Last Saturday, Bipasha Basu stormed out of the shoot of Lamhaa in Srinagar, apparently leaving not just the unit and director Rahul Dholakia in the lurch, but also Sanjay Dutt who had landed that day to shoot with her. Nobody knows what freaked the actress out for her to leave in the middle of the shoot and rush back to Mumbai. Apparently, she didn't give Dholakia any explanation before leaving except, 'you won't understand, you're not a woman.'
The actress clears the air about her abrupt departure, "We had agreed to shoot in Srinagar as we all wanted to capture the beauty and authenticity of the region but the situation got a little tricky. The government and the Srinagar officials have been supportive and have helped us with permissions, security and hospitality but as is common in most places, even they couldn't help with the impact of fan following and crowd frenzy." The next schedule will not take place in Kulu-Manali next week.
However she doesn't like the implication that she fled Kashmir, "My departure wasn't abrupt. I tried for seven days and realised the risk taken wasn't helping as we hardly shot. It's got nothing to do with me being strong. I am very strong but I understood it was impossible to continue there. At the same time, my family and friends were extremely worried about me. The only big scene we shot was on a day of curfew. Hence, post talking to my producer (Bunty Walia) and Sanju (Sanjay Dutt), I decided to leave for Mumbai."
The actress continues, "Shooting in Srinagar had to be cancelled a couple of times due to the large numbers of over-enthusiastic locals gathering to watch the shoot. Ample security provided couldn't help keep them at bay at times. I tried my best."
There's another buzz that Bipasha left because of Sanjay Dutt. Apparently Dutt said or did something that upset her. However Bipasha clarifies, "Please! Sanju is one of the finest co-stars and human beings I have ever worked with. This is not my first film (Rakht) with him. So please do not look for any baseless complications."
"Bipasha had been cooperative throughout the shoot in Srinagar. She braved the crowds at all times until Saturday when the situation got a little tricky while shooting at Anantnag. She spoke to Sanju and me and left for Mumbai. We shall resume the shoot in Kulu Manali this week itself, the crew is already shifting base."