Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘Manmarziyaan’ runs into legal trouble


Bollywood filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Aanand L Rai, who are behind the Abhishek Bachchan-Taapsee Pannu-starrer Manmarziyaan, may have landed into legal troubles over the film, Hindustan Times reported.

According to reports, the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Board has sent a notice to the film’s makers for shooting in an area where they were not supposed to. The producers have been asked to explain how they shot in the prohibited area of Thajiwas glacier, considering that the Sonmarg Development Authority has banned vehicle movement in the area following an order by the J&K high court.

Directed by Anurag and produced by Aanand, the film marks the comeback of Abhishek after a gap of two years.

It is reported that local environmentalist Faiz Bakshi has alleged, in a PIL filed in the high court, that the film’s crew flouted rules during the April 18 where Abhishek Bachchan was also present.

“[The area] is a gated property. So obviously, someone higher up allowed that entry. This is a lapse on the part of the local administration. There are five departments required [in granting permission] — the District Magistrate, Department of Tourism, Sonmarg Development Authority, Department of Wildlife Protection in Kashmir, and the cops. I won’t say the filmmaker is not to be blamed, but the unit couldn’t have done it by themselves,” it quoted Bakshi as saying.

While Anurag and Aanand remain silent on the matter as of now, Taapsee’s representatives have said, “We aren’t aware of this. As for our knowledge, the film has finished shooting. The production house would be able to answer better as we aren’t aware of this and Taapsee is out of the country at the moment.”

The crew of Manmarziyaan wrapped the first schedule in Kashmir last week and also posted pictures on social media.