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Salman Khan's Mental: Stuntmen deadlock costs it Rs 25 crore

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is fully charged after a series of commercial hits. The actor, who seems to be unstoppable, is busy with his next film Mental directed by his younger brother Sohail Khan. However, the shooting has been stalled after an issue cropped up between the action team of the film.

According to reports, the deadlock between stuntmen from the South Indian film industries and Mumbai have halted the shooting of Mental. The director of the film had hired a leading stunt director to choreograph an action sequence. According to the rules of All India Film Employees Confederation (AIFEC), local fighters should be given preference and have to be 70% in films and the fight master could rope in the remaining 30% from his region.

The fighters from the stuntmen's team refused to work in Mental and demanded to include 50% of their men from South India. This deadlock put the Salman Khan starrer movie in trouble. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...

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A source told TOI, "The unit had to return within a week even though it was a 15-day schedule in Kolhapur because the fighters refused to shoot. There was another schedule in Lavasa, which was a continuity sequence from a Dubai shoot, that needed the same fighters. There too, the Film Employees' Federation of South India (FEFSI) refused to send their stuntmen."

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Dharmesh Tiwari, President of AIFEC, said, "The FEFSI is not ready to follow the rule passed in March 2013, and they are forcing the producer to take 50% of their fighters."

Sallu In Photo

On the other end, AIFEC is irked by the development and are planning to boycott South Indian fighters. A member of the association has reportedly said that they could boycott if the FEFSI does not obey the rules.

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Meanwhile, this incident has made many Bollywood filmmakers drop South stunt masters fearing the losses.

Sana Khan In Photo

Salman Khan starrer Mental features Silambattam fame actress Sana Khan, Daisy Shah, Tabu, Ashmit Patel and others in the cast. The film is likely to release in the later part of the year.

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