On Saturday evening a massive fire raged across Cinevista studios, one of the oldest television software producers owned by former actor Prem Kishen and his filmmaker-son Siddharth PMalhotra(whose Rani Mukherjee starrer Hichki is on release).
While Siddharth reassured me on Sunday morning that the fire is fully under control and that there are no casualties, actor Vatsal Seth who recently got married to actress Ishita Dutta(Kapil Sharma’s co-star in the film Firangi) is still shaken by the experience.
“I wasn’t there ,luckily. I was shooting at Madh island. And the set for our serial Haasil was not affected by the fire. But the adjoining set where another serial Beypanha was being shot was completely gutted.My heart reaches out to the cast and crew though luckily I hear there were no casualties. I feel really sorry for the channel Colors which telecasts the serial.This is is indeed a setback for the whole team,” says Vatsal recalling his own experiences on the set that got gutted.
“I shot for Cinevista’s Ek Hasina Thi in 2015 on the same set that got destroyed. So lots of fond memories of shared work-related activities on the gutted set,” says Vatsal emotionally.
Having said this Vatsal who has been doing cinema and television for several years now feels it is time to follow safety measures during shooting. “This is the third major fire in Mumbai in the last one month.We don’t take the dangers seriously. Or maybe we are just not aware of the risk factors specially the fire hazards. I remember when I was shooting on an international cruiser with Ajay DevganSir — I was an assistant on his directorial venture U Me Aur Hum. The laws regarding fire safety were so strict and inviolable, there was just no way a mishap like the one we saw at the pub in Mumbaiearlier this month, could happen.”
Vatsal is concerned about the long hours and confined spaces where television serials are shot. “We keep shooting without caring about the work conditions. We all need to get more serious about safety precautions at our work place before another catastrophe happens.”