The Telegraph
Thursday , October 11 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999
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Shoot snarl on Setu
- Commuters’ day off to a Rocky start

Commuters to Calcutta using the Vidyasagar Setu had to face long traffic snarls on Wednesday morning because a Bengali film starring Mithun Chakraborty’s son, Mimoh, was being shot on the bridge, blocking half the Calcutta-bound flank.

The shoot of Rocky, produced by Shree Venkatesh Films — which started from 6am and continued till 5pm — had the permission of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC), said Chandan Sen, the film’s production manager.

“I took a bus from Mandirtala and reached the toll plaza at 10.45am,” said Howrah resident Sanat Masat. “But we started moving very slowly after that. I reached office 15 minutes late.”

Commuters said it took them between 30 and 45 minutes to cross the bridge, which usually takes around five.

A 200-metre stretch in the middle of the flyover was out of bounds for vehicles. The crew parked their vehicles on the road, laid chairs and other equipment there. The traffic snarl reached the toll plaza, about 500 metres from the shooting spot, said witnesses.

Veer Singh, a senior official of the Vidyasagar Setu toll plaza, said: “There was no snarl. Traffic moved slowly only for a few minutes near the shooting site.”

Commuters would be relieved to know there’s no shoot scheduled on Thursday.