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Sushant Singh’s Space Film Moves From The US To UK For Budgetary Reasons



In 2017, Bollywood faces  one of its worst economic crisis ever, what with films falling like ninepins. Besides Baahubali which is  a blockbuster beyond Bollywood, and  Akshay Kumar’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha and David Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 , most of  the releases  this year, have underperformed.

Facing a  red-hot recession Eros International has decided to  move  its lavish space  drama  Chanda  Mama Door Ke  from the US  to England,a  decision that almost brought the project to a   screeching halt even before shooting started.

Says a well-informed source, “Sushant Singh Rajput who plays an astronaut was keen to shoot the film at NASA and  other parts  of the US. In fact directorSanjay Chauhan had written the script keeping NASA in mind. Sushant went to NASA in October to train for his role at his expense. After all this pre-shooting preparation when Eros indicated  it might pull the plug, Sushant and Chauhan were livid. They wanted to close down  the  film rather than compromise on the location.”

But now  a compromise has apparently been worked out. The film’s director and leading man have conceded to the re-location apparently on condition that London/England be identified  in the film as ‘America’.

And  no harm in that  if you think  about the fact that Kabir Khan shot  New York  in Phildelphia and  Sanjay Leela Bhansali passed off Prague in Hum…Dil DeChuke Sanam as Italy.

Coming  back to the shift in location for Chanda Mama Door Ke a source says, “Sushant  and  his  director have accepted  the re-location  as a symptom  of  the current recession in Bollywood.With Sushant’s recent films  not doing well, Eros had no choice but to scale down  the  budget.  They had either  the choice of shutting down the project  or moving to a more budget-friendly  location.”

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