Nawazuddin Siddiqui
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Nawazuddin Film: Bengal's loss is Odisha's gain..

Nawazuddin Siddiqui


Mumbai, Jan. 12 -- While West Bengal has served as a location of choice for several Bollywood films, including Barfi! (2012), Kahaani (2012) and Lootera (2013), among others, the crew of Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Kushan Nandy-directorial didn't have a memorable experience while shooting in the interiors of the state.

Apparently, the film was initially being shot in Bolpur, in the Birbhum District of West Bengal, but due to the trouble created by the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India (FCTWEI), the location was shifted to Burdwan, a city in the same state.However, things didn't work out there as well. Reportedly, FCTWEI's demands apparently forced the makers to drop the idea of shooting in West Bengal altogether.

"The places that were chosen were apt for the film, but the rules of FCTWEI are such that it became very difficult for us to continue shooting there. We have decided not to go back there to shoot again," says Nawazuddin.

Reportedly, problems started surfacing in Bolpur, when 40 technicians refused to work as they claimed that their dues had not been paid. Then when the crew shifted to Burdwan, the Federation apparently claimed that the makers had hired 70 technicians and they all should be paid, while according to the makers, they had only hired 30.

These altercations disturbed the schedule of the film, and the makers decided to move to Odisha to avoid any more delays. "Onir (director), too, had faced the same problem while shooting for one of his projects in West Bengal, and he moved to Odisha to complete the film," says the actor.