Just on the heels of the news that the shooting of the Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer Bodyguard was halted by the Federation of Western India Employees for making its unit work more than the stipulated time, the film is facing protest for shooting in a garden.
Members of the Association of Friends of Japan (AFJ) and the public are angry with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for allowing the cast and crew of Bodyguard to shoot at the Pune Okayama Friendship Garden (POFG). The shooting of the film went on for three days the public, who come there often for fresh air and recreation, were not allowed to enter the garden. It is said that plastic materials and bottles were strewn all over the garden due to shooting.
Sameer Khale, President of AFJ, said that they would take up the matter with the PMC and the state government. He expressed shock for granting permission for the shooting without informing the Association.
Pune Municipal Corporation laid the Pune Okayama Friendship Garden in 2003 with the fund and technical support of the Japanese Government. This is the first time that a film has been allowed to shoot in the garden since it was laid seven years ago.