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O God, you’re barred
- Hotel scribe rule upsets film news meet

An apparent miscommunication between the crew of an upcoming film, O God Saare Hai Fraud, and the management of hotel Radisson Blu in Ranchi triggered chaos ahead of a news meet on Tuesday.

Director Ashu Trikha, who has flicks like Deewanapan and Baabar to his credit, is in the state location-hunting for the film that is based on cyber crime and will be shot from next month. Ratu Mahal, Taurian World School and Khel Gaon are among choices.

The film’s producer, Ranchi businessman Rishi Prakash Mishra, had sent out invites to the media on Monday for the news meet. However, when journalists and lensmen reached the hotel, they were stopped at the gate by security guards who said mediapersons needed permission to enter the premises.

The commotion petered down after Mishra arrived. He tried to persuade hotel officials to allow journalists inside, but in vain.

Sources said the crew had not taken the mandatory permission from the hotel bosses for a news meet and, hence, the harassment.

But the producer said he was not aware of any such rule. “We have been to places across the globe. Nowhere did we need to take permission from a hotel to invite guests. Journalists are our guests for the evening. The hotel management’s behaviour is not acceptable,” he said.

Finally, director Trikha, choreographer Kedar Prakash Gaekwad and others decided to walk outside and speak to reporters.

Trikha said the film’s story would begin in Ranchi and go on to Mumbai.

“We are here for locations. Parts of the film will be shot in Ranchi and Jamshedpur. We have seen Ratu Mahal, Taurian World School, Khel Gaon and a few open markets in the capital city. Most of these seem apt for my story, but we will take a final call after a Jharkhand tour,” he said.

The team is leaving for Jamshedpur on Wednesday.

The shooting in the state is expected to last 20 days in November. The cast is promising with Shreyas Talpade in lead role supported by Mugdha Godse and Johnny Lever.

Trikha said he wanted to harness local talent as well. “We will hold auditions in Ranchi before the shoot for a couple of characters,” he said, adding that filmmakers these days wanted fresh faces and locales and Jharkhand had immense potential.

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