Filmmaker-producer Boney Kapoor recently opened up about damage caused by cyclone Tauktae to the set of his film and having to reconstruct the set of his upcoming film starring Ajay Devgn in the lead, ‘Maidaan’, for the third time.
In an exclusive interview with ETimes Boney Kapoor said, “The sets have been completely damaged and I will be rebuilding it for the third time.”
Boney said, “We had to dismantle the set for the first time when the first lockdown happened, we had to reconstruct the set again and if the lockdown had not happened we would’ve completed the shooting of the film.”
“The entire set is gone except the pitch. Though the pitch, too, has suffered some damage, the curator has assured us that he will manage to salvage it. But we have already incurred an expense of Rs 30 cr and work is still pending,” he added.
Speaking about the possibility of a hybrid release of his film ‘Maidaan’ i.e theatre and OTT together, Boney while dismissing it said, “My films are for theatres and we have already started the post-production of the film and are aiming to release it in cinema halls.”
Meanwhile, the makers of the Ajay Devgn-starrer ‘Maidaan’ on Thursday quashed rumours that they were considering putting the film up for pay-per-view digital release.
A statement issued on behalf of the film’s producers Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta denied any such possibility, at least for now.
The statement reads: “We would like to share that there is currently no conversation with any streaming platform for pay-per-view release of the film `Maidaan`. Our focus at present is to complete the film keeping everyone`s safety in mind and in full compliance of protocols laid down by the government. We request you to please reach out to us regarding any news about Maidaan.”