‘Maidaan’ set damage
A source says, “There were about 40 people on the set when the cyclone hit the ‘Maidaan’ set- the guards and the curators of the football ground which largely comprises the set. They tried their best to save as much as they could but their efforts proved almost totally futile.”
This is the second time that ‘Maidaan’ has suffered a big blow. A 16-acre, high-maintenance set built for the film in question in the same place was dismantled in May 2020 owing to the COVID-19 lockdown and the upcoming rains. Thankfully, several indoor and certain outdoor scenes had already been filmed in Kolkata and Lucknow.
Adds the source, “The ‘Maidaan’ makers Boney Kapoor (producer) and Amit Sharma (director) had hoped that the ongoing lockdown would be eased beyond May 31, 2021, and they would wind up the matches part in the next 15-17 days. But all those plans, for now, stand washed out.”