Shraddha Kapoor caused traffic jam while shooting for ‘Haider’

Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Haider’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor is all set to release on 2nd October. For the shooting of his film Vishal chose the volatile Kashmir Valley. During the course of shooting, the cast and crew faced several obstacles but thankfully they were overcome. However there was one disruptive event that nobody expected and it was seemingly caused by a harmless act.

While the film’s unit was staying in Kashmir, actor Shraddha Kapoor selected a small red car for travelling around. Shraddha felt that a small car would be suitable because it would be easy for navigating the traffic in the area. But Vishal and his unit were taken aback when the sight of the pretty Shraddha behind the steering wheel caused a bigger traffic jam than usual. Hopefully thanks to their timely intervention and co-operation from the administration, situation was brought under control without any untoward incident.

Looks like Shraddha underestimated her own popularity on this occasion. However the unit had to face much larger problems during the shooting. On one occasion, the crew was shooting in the Kashmir University when a group of students protested the use of the Indian National Flag in the campus.  Police made sure that nothing happened to the film’s unit but the unit had to pack up for the day.

‘Haider’ is the third film of Vishal Bharadwaj after ‘Omkara’ and ‘Maqbul’ in the trilogy of films inspired by Shakespearean tragedies.  The plot and characters has been inspired by the tragic play ‘Hamlet’. Apart from Shahid and Shraddha, the film also stars Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan Khan. It has been recently revealed that both Shahid and Vishal Bharadwaj have not charged any remuneration for the film.

When contacted, the director said, "When he started planning the film, both Shahid and I agreed that it had to make money from day one. But, we also knew that Haider was a big film with a huge budget, an ensemble cast and lavish action pieces. Filming in Kashmir added to the costs. The only way we could succeed in our endeavor was not to burden the film with our remunerations. We kept the secret between us for a long time but it's finally out."

After seeing Shahid’s performance in ‘Haider’ and their previous film ‘Kaminey’, Vishal has claimed that he is the `finest actor in his age group'. He said, “Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, has some really long monologues and so does Haider. Listening to Shahid deliver those wordy pieces on my headphones I was reminded of Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) and Pankaj Kapur."