Abhishek and Lara’s shooting at a London Gurudwara upsets worshippers
After Katrina Kaif’s encounter at a religious shrine in Ajmer, India, it’s now Abhishek Bachchan and Lara Dutta who have invited the wrath of worshippers at a Gurudwara in London. Abhi and Lara are shooting for Yash Raj film ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’ directed by Shaad Ali. The film also stars Preity Zinta and Bobby Deol and is currently being shot in London. According to sources many of the worshippers complained of the inconvenience that the stars presence had caused at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara in Southall in London. Worshippers were also upset as some of the crew members were seen smoking, indulging in eating meat and women were scantily dressed on the Gurudwara premises.
Shooting at various holy shrines seems to be the most popular destination for bollywood films recently. Many filmmakers have been using religious sites to shoot their film sequences. A source says “It was really shocking. Scantily clad women in miniskirts and sleeveless tops not only pranced around, but the crew openly ate meat and smoked cigarettes in the gurudwara premises with little regard for the religious sentiments of the people.” The crew was first shooting some sequences at a pub near the gurudwara, but later when the cast and crew shifted to shoot a sequence at the gurudwara they were followed by a large number of young teenagers. The ruckus created by the youngsters also disrupted the peaceful ambience and many of the devotees were unable to pray peacefully due to the noise.
The film unit had received permission to shoot a song sequence in the parking lot of the shrine. Abhishek and Lara shot an intimate dance sequence with four scantily clad girls in front of the gurudwara. However president of the gurudwara Himmat Sohi said “This is a propaganda being spread by some disgruntled members who are playing politics amongst members.” However Sohi confirms that some of the crew members did smoke on the premises but they were unaware about the rules of the gurudwara and when they were informed they promptly apologized for their behaviour. He also did confirmed that some devotees did complain about the noise and chaos caused by the shooting but were later placated when an apology for the inconvenience was tendered and the problem was solved.
Basically there were no problems from any of the officials in the gurudwara and whatever minor problems did occur was immediately sorted out. So after these incidents perhaps filmmakers will be more careful while shooting sequences for their films at holy shrines.