Despite 80-odd persons working on the set of a television serial being shot by BBC Worldwide production house in Madh, a thief managed to walk away with the camera along with its hard disk, on Sunday.

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The thief was seen on the CCTV at the bungalow, walking away with the camera

The incident has come as a shock to the entire team as they had shot a good portion of an episode on the hard disk. As a result they had to re-shoot it, adding heavily to their production costs. “Even if we get our camera back who will pay for the increase in the production costs?” said a production team member.

The name of the serial is said to be Dil Ko Fir Aaj Jine Ki Tamanna Hai. It was being shot in Bhullar Garden bungalow in Madh area for past several days. When the employees returned to the set after lunch, they were taken aback to find the camera and hard disc missing.

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Speaking to mid-day, Pradeep Mandal, supervising producer of BBC Worldwide production house said the 70th episode of the TV serial was being shot when the camera was stolen. Most of the artists in the serial are new comers.

“I was in Lavasa at the time of the incident for work. I got a call from my assistant after which I rushed back here. We are hoping the police detect the case soon,” he said.

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The owner of the camera, Vinod Gupta, said, “I had given it to them on rent around six months back. The camera is worth around Rs 13 lakh. We have approached the Malwani police station and lodged an FIR."

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“An FIR has been registered under Section 380 of the IPC. We have found some CCTV footage where we have narrowed down on one person who is seen moving suspiciously. We are speaking to the crew to find out if this guy is one of them,’’ said Senior Inspector Milind Khetle of Malwani police station.