There are some amazing fire-related stories in Bollywood, that are hardly known to many of you. In the blog post for today, FPCS likes to draw your attention to a few of these stories.
Dadasaheb Phalke’s “Raja Harishchandra” was the first known event involving the destruction of cinematic property (1913). It occurred a few years after the film was completed. In 1917, the last print of his picture caught fire while being transported by a bullock wagon from one movie tent to another. Phalke rushed through re-shooting the whole film to create today’s version.
The renowned actress Nargis got trapped in a fire on the sets of the epic “Mother India” in one of the scenes. As she truly became confined and the worst was being suspected, the situation became critical. Sunil Dutt, a young actor who portrayed Nargis’ son in the movie, ran into the fire, risked his life, and pulled her to safety. Quickly grabbing a blanket, Dutt was able to save Nargis by wrapping it around her. Dutt received burns but earned Nargis’ affection. That year, they got hitched.
On the sets of Sanjay Khan’s “The Sword of Tipu Sultan,” a terrible fire claimed the lives of 50 people and left him with serious burns that altered the appearance of his face.
In a more recent incident, three crew members were wounded when a fire broke out on the set of Salman Khan’s “Dabangg 2.” According to reports, the actors and crew were filming at Mehboob Studio in Bandra, Mumbai, when the fire broke out due to an electric blast. Based on the report, the injured were taken to Lilavati Hospital and were all declared safe. A fire broke out lately during the filming of “ABCD 2,” a film starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, in a Mumbai studio. After that, 600 people, including the cast and staff, were evacuated. Nobody was wounded, and the fire was extinguished quickly.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali had a really unpleasant experience with fire. In February 2004 in Mumbai, a large fire broke out on the set of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Black,” destroying film equipment worth Rs. 200,000 and injuring a few individuals only slightly. In 2002, a fire that started at the “Devdas” filming location claimed the lives of two persons. When “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” was being filmed in 2000, a comparable occurrence occurred.
Besides movies, the TV business has also seen its share of tragic fires. Though there were no deaths, the producers of the TV program “Comedy Nights With Kapil Sharma” sustained significant damages and were forced to move their filming to a different site while the set was being restored in 2013.
Not only Bollywood Industry, but there are other examples from all kinds of businesses that show that fire doesn’t spare anyone if you don’t know how to manage it. Therefore, it’s wise to take preventative measures in advance.