Friday, April 21, 2006
Badami, Karnataka (UNI): Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai suffered an injury during a film shoot in this historic town in Bagalkot district of Karnataka today. Aishwarya was shooting for renowned director Mani Ratnam's new Hindi film Guru also starring Abishekh Bachchan. She was rehearsing cycling for a song sequence when she slipped, injuring her arms and legs. Following the incident, shooting was suspended.
Talking to UNI, Dr Kanthi, a local medical practitioner who treated Rai, said the injuries were minor and there was nothing to worry. Bagalkot Superintendent of Police Padmanayan told UNI that the injury was minor and the shoot was likely to continue in a couple of hours
The team had been shooting for the film, which seems to have the essence of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, in the historical sites of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal from early this week. Abhishek portrays a legendary hero of the first war of Indian Independence in the film. The police had cordoned off the monuments in view of the shoot to keep curious onlookers at bay.
Lead actors of his films suffering injuries during shoots had been giving anxious moments to Mani Ratnam for some time now. It may be recalled that Vivek Oberoi sustained a fracture in his leg while shooting a stunt scene for Yuva, the ace director's previous Hindi flick, on the Vidyasagar Bridge over river Hoogly in Kolkata. It had dealt a severe blow on the filmmaker, who also suffered a heart attack seeing the accident from close quarters. The incident had led to the production unit abandoning the shoot for the next few days.