Injuries abound on the sets of Ranveer-Deepika starrer 'Ram Leela'
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been highly revered as a director for his keen sense of filmmaking. He has made films like “Khamoshi”, “Devdas”, “Black” and “Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam” and has been given huge credit for offering such great stories to the audience. However off late it has been quite some time since he tasted success. His films “Guzaarish” and “Saawariya” that released in the past years bombed at the box-office.
The project titled “Ram Leela” had been in the news since a long time. Kareena Kapoor was supposed to be the star of this film. But she opted out citing money and date issues. Ranveer Singh had already been zeroed in to play the male lead. Deepika Padukone filled in for Kareena’s space.
The news that has made its way straight from the sets of the film is that a crew member suffered a severe accident while filming. However due to early medication and a brilliant stroke of luck he managed to escape some fatal injuries.
Chandramani Vishwakarma who had been working as a light man for this film fell down from a height of 45 feet. Luckily he landed on a parapet that saved his life. He suffered some blows on the back and his legs. When the incident occurred he was immediately rushed to the hospital.
A source from the film’s set said, “Lead actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were on their way. Bhansali was busy supervising the arrangements when the accident took place. Chandramani lost his balance. Thankfully, he fell on a parapet. Else it could have been fatal. The cast and crew were extremely apprehensive about his chances of recovery. With Bhansali`s help, he was admitted on time. By god`s grace, he is somewhat better now.”
Such concern on the part of the director has been appreciated by Chandramani’s family. The source also added saying, “Such concern for one`s crew members is rare in today`s times. Chandramani`s family is extremely grateful to Bhansali, who has been rather modest about it though.”
This film has been repeatedly been in the news for injuries. Earlier Ranveer Singh suffered a wound. Deepika Padukone too injured herself on the sets of this film.
Dinesh Chaturvedi who is the General Secretary of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), said “Bhansali has spent more than Rs 10 lakh on Chandramani's treatment. He has even promised to pay him around Rs 20,000 every month till he is ready to work again. Chandramani is recovering. But it will take quite some time before he is back inaction. He has quite a few injuries on his hands too."