Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer ‘Manmarziyan’ is facing legal trouble. According to reports, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Board has sent a notice to the film’s makers for shooting in an area where they were not supposed to.
The makers of the Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer have been asked to explain how they shot in the area, considering the Sonmarg Development Authority had banned vehicle movement there following an order by the J&K High Court.
A source says, “The Tourism Board has requested them to revert within a week on how they procured the permission to shoot in the stretch, which is an ecologically sensitive zone.”
A PIL has also been filed by a local environmentalist Faiz Bakshi, who claims the rules have been overlooked for the April 18 shoot. ”The area is a gated property. So obviously, someone higher up allowed that entry. This is a lapse on the part of the local administration. There are five departments required [in granting permission] — the District Magistrate, Department of Tourism, Sonmarg Development Authority, Department of Wildlife Protection in Kashmir, and the cops. I won’t say the filmmaker is not to be blamed, but the unit couldn’t have done it by themselves.” Bakshi told.
When Aanand L.Rai’s Colour Yellow Productions was asked about the same, they maintained that shooting was conducted after gaining proper permissions from the Department of Tourism and Department of Wildlife Protection in Kashmir. ”We were sensitive about shooting there, and followed all the terms and conditions put forward to be allowed to shoot there,” the production house told the daily.
The film is slated to release on 7 September.