Salman takes over Kamalistan
For the first time in Bollywood, a studio is booked exclusively for a film, with an unprecedented security ring of 80 beefy bodyguards
Posted On Friday, March 09, 2012 at 02:01:26 AM
It is undoubtedly one of the most keenly awaited Salman Khan films. And Dabangg 2 is kick starting in style from today. Mumbai Mirror has learnt that for the first time in the history of Bollywood, an entire studio has been rented exclusively for a film. Kamal Amrohi Studios (Kamalistan at Jogeshwari East), which houses 12 units, will not be given out on hire till the first schedule of Dabangg 2 concludes, making it a first in the 55-year-old studio’s history. What’s more, Salman has deputed 80 security personnel to guard the sets, which have recreated pockets of Kanpur.
When contacted, Shera, Salman’s bodyguard and close associate confirmed the news and added, “Yes, Bhai (Salman) wanted it this way.” Elaborating on the unprecedented security cover, Shera said, “This was Bhai’s idea. And we did not have any difficulty in convincing the studios. Bhai is close to the owner after all.”
Speaking about the arrangement, a source from the studios revealed that the studios have been rented out for 15 days, even though the requirement was for 12. “It is always better to keep a margin of few days for a project as massive as this.”
“Aisa pehle kabhi nahin hua. Even though Rakesh Roshan’s Koyla and Subhash Ghai’s Khalnayak had top security, the other units at our studios were given out to television shows. But now, 11 units will be lying idle. Imagine! But of course, the makers of Dabangg 2 have well compensated Kamal Amrohi Studios,” revealed the source.
Head honcho of Kamal Amrohi Studios, Tajdar Amrohi, told Mumbai Mirror, “This arrangement is exclusive to Salman. Till date, we haven’t extended such previlages to anybody. We are very close to him and his family. But please don’t ask me about the rates. We don’t discuss that on public platforms.”
Director of Dabangg 2 Arbaaz Khan threw a party for some members of the cast and crew of the film. It was a very private affair, which was also attended by some close friends and relatives of the Khan family. Every guest was well looked after; Salman played the perfect host. The party was held at a nightspot in Bandra on Tuesday — MST