John Abraham-Emraan Hashmi’s ‘Mumbai Saga’ shoot called off due to rise in Covid-19 cases

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John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi starrer ‘Mumbai Saga’ was supposed to resume shooting in Hyderabad but due to Covid-19 spike, director Sanjay Gupta has dropped the plan and has now decided to shoot in Mumbai in August.

Earlier, in June, Sanjay Gupta had told Mid-Day that he planned to film the last schedule of ‘Mumbai Saga’ from July 15 at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. A crew of 30, including lead actors John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi, were supposed to go for the shoot. But due to rise in Covid-19 cases, now Sanjay had to call off the shoot.

Gupta who is at his Khandala home currently, told the publication, “The country recorded 30,000 cases in a single day. Moreover, the World Health Organisation’s [WHO] statement about the possibility of the virus being airborne was alarming. It stated that the virus can remain in the air in crowded closed spaces. Of the 14-day shoot that I had planned, we were to film at three indoor sets for 10 days. That would have posed a risk. We wanted to shoot in Hyderabad, but now it’s as unsafe as Mumbai. So, we might as well do it in our city.”

He further said, “John, Emraan and the rest of us were kicked about shooting [in Hyderabad], but we can’t do so by putting everyone’s health at risk. John was to finish the pending work on Mumbai Saga before moving on to his next. But with cases on the rise, we decided it would be best to take stock of the situation after a month. We will try to procure permission to shoot from August 15 and are eyeing three studios — Mehboob, Essel and Film City. [Given the current situation] the dates are tentative.”

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