When director Mahendra Teredesai decided to shoot at real locations, little did he realise that he would be at the receiving end of the vigilant lawmakers. While shooting for Dombivli Return, which charts the journey of the common man, his aspirations, struggles, moral values and ethics, the team decided to shoot at the vegetable market outside Dombivli station in Mumbai. When Sandeep Kulkarni and Rajeshwari Sachdev-Badola, who plays his wife in the film, were buying vegetables for a scene, an overzealous traffic cop arrived on the scene, with the pick-up van towing away the scooter that Kulkarni had parked across the road.
“The camera was placed behind the vegetable vendor and was panning the scene when all of a sudden, the cameraman gestured that the towing van had picked up our scooter. There was utter chaos, with the assistant director trying to convince the cop that it is a film’s shoot. I had to intervene and amidst all the commotion, a huge crowd gathered. We did not want people to know that there is a film shooting going on, as we wanted to catch aspects of the common man’s life in a candid and natural manner,” says Kulkarni.
He revealed that later, they even convinced the cop to be present in the frame. The scene including the cop was retained in the film. Dombivli Return is a socio-psychological thriller and is co- produced by the actor under his banner Kathakaar Entertainment and Avdhoot Entertainment. The makers are hoping to release it around Diwali on a pan Indian basis.