A major fire broke out at RK Studios in Mumbai on Saturday, leaving the structure severely damaged. Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter and expressed his sadness over the tragedy that took place. He wrote, “Sad a major fire broke out at RK Studios. We have lost the iconic Stage 1. Thankfully no causalities nor injuries. All you concerns appreciated.”
He continued, “A studio can be built again but the loss of irreplaceable memorabilia and costumes of all RK Films, is tragic for all. Fire took it away.”
Many celebrities have expressed their sadness over the damage and loss. Rohit Roy tweeted, “#Rkstudios fire will sadden everyone as its seeped in our psyche.. I have shot for months on that iconic stage no1..”
Vikram Bhatt tweeted, “The images of the iconic #RKStudios in flames fills me with despair. Shot the climax of #Raaz there. It holds a special place in my heart..”
The fire broke out at around 2.30 pm. Six vehicles of fire brigade along with five water tankers were engaged in firefighting efforts. The ground floor of the studio has been completely gutted. Some work related to electrical wiring was ongoing at the studio when a small short-circuit resulted in the blaze.
Security guards said they spotted smoke emanating from the building and alerted the fire brigade. “The shooting for television program Super Dancer was going on last night, after which everyone left. No one was inside when the fire started,” said one of the guards.
Just so so sad to see the iconic #RKStudios go up in flames like that. 😢Thank God no casualties. 🙏🏻
— SONAL CHAUHAN (@sonalchauhan7) September 17, 2017
#Rkstudios fire will sadden everyone as its seeped in our psyche.. I have shot for months on that iconic stage no1.. 😢
— Rohit Roy (@rohitroy500) September 16, 2017
— Vikram Bhatt (@TheVikramBhatt) September 16, 2017
Truly irreplaceable Chintuji, breaks my heart… but the love respect & fond memories for RK Films will always remain etched in our minds! http://t.co/0tonLdRzUT
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) September 17, 2017
Just heard about the fire at RK Studios.. here’s hoping no one is injured.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 16, 2017
Such sad news.. hav shot so many songs there including ” happy new year ‘s.. iconic studio http://t.co/oRTnnxQcT0
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) September 17, 2017
The popular studio was initially founded and set up by the showman Raj Kapoor in 1948. Some iconic films such as “Aag”, “Barsaat”, “Awaara”, “Shri 420”, “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai”, “Mera Naam Joker”, “Bobby”, “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”, and “Ram Teri Ganga Maili” were made under this banner.
However, no film has been shot since the release of 1999 film, “Aa Ab Laut Chalen”.