ND Studio's Nitin Desai forgoes rent of the sets standing unused at the Karjat studio

Updated: Apr 28, 2020, 08:09 IST | Uma Ramasubramanian | Mumbai

As the sets of Arjun Rampal's period drama and Marathi film stand unused, ND Studio's Nitin Desai forgoes rent during the lockdown.

Arjun Rampal and Nitin Desai
Arjun Rampal and Nitin Desai

"In all these years, we had not remained shut for even a day," says Nitin Desai, who closed the doors of ND Studio last month in the wake of the pandemic. At the time, a lavish set had been constructed for The Battle of Bhima Koregaon, a period drama featuring Arjun Rampal, and the Raigad fort recreated for a Marathi film. Desai tells mid-day that he has decided to forgo the rent of the sets standing unused at the Karjat studio.

"I am not the only one suffering losses at this point, the entire world is. So how can I expect them to pay the rent when everything has come to a standstill? I will also appeal to other studios to follow the same practice," he says, adding that despite the adverse conditions, he is continuing to pay his staff.

File photo of Panipat set created at ND Studio
File photo of Panipat set created at ND Studio

The studio was handling several projects when the shutdown was announced. "We had created a huge battlefield and three villages for Arjun Rampal's film, and a haveli [palace] for a yet-untitled web show. Construction of huge sets was underway for two shows of Zee and Star," he adds."

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