Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan along with his leading lady Deepika Padukone and director Rohit Shetty pratically survived on biscuits while shooting for an important train sequence in Chennai Express.
According to a crew member,the group of over 200 people were shooting for an important train sequence and could not move for a major part of the day hence they were left with no other option but to eat biscuits.
“This was during an elaborate schedule at Dudhsagar,Goa,” said a unit member. “There was a major train sequence that had to be filmed on location and we had to be there at 6 am in the morning every day to shoot that. Since this involved a train that passed through a bridge on a scheduled hour,we had to work on very tight timelines.”
On the first such morning,the crew realised that it wasn’t just waking up early in the morning which would prove to be their ultimate nightmare.
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“There was lunch prepared for us but we realised that by the time we were ready for it,it was rotten,” recollects the unit member.
“Our cook told us that since he had to prepare food for 200 people,and he had to begin preparations at 2 am in the night. When it was finally time for lunch 10 hours later,it didn’t remain fresh at all.”
After the first day’s disappointment,the matter was discussed with Shah Rukh Khan since the shoot was expected to last for a week and a permanent solution had to be sought.
This is when it was decided that entire crew would have to survive only on biscuits.
“Shah Rukh Khan led from the front and we procured tons of biscuit packs which belonged to varied variety. Everyone skipped their regular day meals for almost a week and there were no complaints whatsoever,” confirms Rohit Shetty.
“Everyone understood that there was no other way out. It was all being done for the love of the film. And yes,our cook was the happiest since he was the only one who managed to get some extra hours of sleep.”
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