While the city was under attack for three days, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy were shooting at Mehboob Studios in Bandra for Priyadarshan's De Dhana Dhan. The terror attack was brought under control on Saturday night, and on Sunday night, the schedule ended. The actors came under fire for shooting through the day when the city was burning.
Sameera says, "A TV reporter asked me how we could sing and dance when such grim tragedies were happening? I was so upset! Why should we give in to fear and paranoia and stop working? My make-up girl lives in Grant Road and though her parents were psyched with fear, she drove down for the shoot on Thursday.
Fortunately, people around me were supportive and did not quit on me that day. We worked through Thursday to all the days and completed the schedule on time." Sameera adds it was producer Ratan Jain who made the shoot possible. "We didn't know how to react and were sitting at home.
Ratanji sent the four lead actors (Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy) and Priyadarshan an SMS asking if we should shoot. We had a meeting where we all agreed to shoot. At the shoot, we kept getting terrible updates and didn't know how to react. Hats off to Sunil and his wife Mana who must have been petrified that he drove down from Altamount Road in the city to shoot at Bandra."
Sameera says, "I'm angry and upset with the attacks. I will not quit on my city, my work or my producer. But I ask every person in power who let us down that day, to quit. They had to show us strength in times of crisis but let us down. I'm extremely shaken by what has happened. Somebody needs to take responsibility."