Bollywood film shoot halted over ‘illegal’ dancers
MUMBAI – A Bollywood film starring screen legend Amitabh Bachchan was disrupted in Mumbai on Tuesday after a political party protested against the use of foreign dancers.
Members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) forced shooting of the action movie “Bbuddha” to stop, claiming that 40 overseas artistes were performing without valid work permits.
The group barged onto the set in central Mumbai and told the crew to stop filming, said the party’s film wing head Amey Khopkar.
“We will not allow foreign workers if they don’t have proper work documents. This is illegal as they are violating law,” he told AFP.
Bachchan made no immediate mention of the incident on his Twitter feed or blog.
The Press Trust of India news agency quoted a senior Mumbai police officer as saying that they were checking the dancers’ documents.
Foreign performers are increasingly being used in Hindi-language Bollywood for the industry’s trademark lavish song-and-dance routines.