Heavy downpour and landslide fear in Manali compel director to halt shoot of Siddiqui’s Adbhut for two days
Siddiqui during the film’s shoot in Shimla
In the first week of October, Nawazuddin Siddiqui headed to Shimla to kick off work on the horror outing, Adbhut. While the week-long schedule went by smoothly, the team — led by director Sabbir Khan — faced a hiccup in its next leg in Manali. The filmmaker, who has planned a month-long schedule in the resort town of Himachal Pradesh, had to call off the shoot on Monday due to unexpected rains in the area.
The cast of the Sony Pictures production, including Diana Penty, Shreya Dhanwanthary and Rohan Mehra, were to can outdoor sequences on Monday. “But incessant rains lashed the town from early morning. We waited for a few hours, hoping that the downpour would subside, but Sabbir had to eventually cancel the shoot for the day,” says a unit hand. After the meteorological department predicted heavy rains for the next 48 hours in the state, Khan promptly informed the crew that filming will be halted for the next two days.
When mid-day reached out to the director, he confirmed the development, stating, “It was a completely unexpected change in weather. Shooting in the rains with a crew of this size is risky. Rains in hilly areas are known to cause landslides, and I didn’t want to put my team in any sort of danger.” Khan is not worried about the slight delay caused by the weather. “We will make up for the lost time in the days to come,” he says assuredly, before adding that the unit is utilising the time to put their feet up.