Shooting Pizza 3D the “horror-thriller” as director Akshay Akineni and co-producer Bejoy Nambiar prefer to call their film, was not without its nail-biting moments. From visiting the graveyard in the middle of the night to shooting in an abandoned mental asylum to experiencing life threatening incidents, the off-screen drama was as exciting for the crew, as the one the audience will witness on-screen
While for some actors depicting fear could be child’s play, actor Akshay Oberoi found it difficult as he had hardly experienced any scary moments in his life. That’s when Akineni, who is a “hard taskmaster” decided that the actor should experience fear first hand. Oberoi was packed off to a graveyard, three days in a row in order that he could experience what actual fear meant. “We made sure that Akshay went to the Juhu graveyard in Mumbai, at midnight and hung around there. And sure enough, when he attended the workshop after that, he was a changed man!,” laughed Akineni.
Oberoi recalled how on the first day at the graveyard, he sat there for an hour and although nothing happened he heard some crackling sound in the background. He scooted from the place and had to muster enough courage to go there again the next day. “Although I did not meet any spirits, I did hear voices in the background…maybe it was my mind playing tricks but you never know,” stated Oberoi relieved that the shooting has wrapped up.
In fact, the actor narrated another incident when he was shooting in what was supposed to be a haunted house in the film and had to run out in the middle of the night in search of his wife, played by Parvathy Omanakuttan. He escaped by the skin-of- his- teeth in what could have been a fatal accident. “As I rushed out of the house and into the middle of the street, I suddenly looked to my right and saw a speeding truck heading straight towards me. I stood transfixed as I was paralysed with fear, but I just about managed to save myself as I leaned back in the nick of time, as the truck passed by me,” recalls Oberoi.
Pizza 3D is produced by UTV Spotboy with Nambiar’s Getaway Films and releases on