Akshay handcuffed on sets!

5 03 2010

Farah Khan, who has signed Akshay Kumar instead of her perennial favourite Shahrukh Khan for this one, hadn’t counted on such an arresting turn of events to kick things off. Nor did Akshay, who was required to be handcuffed for a scene, realise he’d be staying that way against his will for a frustrating four hours.

A source says, “A production hand had accidentally broken the key while pulling it out of the handcuff before the scene. But Akshay had slipped on the cuffs and the lock clicked into place. He was taking it lightly because he assumed there was an extra key. But when Farah realised the duplicate key wasn’t there, she asked for a locksmith to be summoned before rolling the camera.”

The locksmith arrived around 20 minutes later, by which time the shot was over. But to everyone’s horror, he just wasn’t able to unlock the cuffs.

Said Farah, “The locksmith couldn’t open the handcuff because it was an imported one and had a complex locking mechanism. So I had no other option but to send somebody to the other end of town, where my team member had forgotten the duplicate key. I was surprised that they had forgotten to bring the extra key to Film City, but there was nothing else we could do to salvage the situation.”

Being the professional that he is, Akshay chose not to make a fuss about the negligence of the unit member concerned. He sat down and patiently waited handcuffed for help to arrive – which took almost four hours.

“But I used the time to complete other shots of Akshay which required him to be in handcuffs. If we had the keys, he wouldn’t have had to wear them for more than an hour in all. But yes, it was high drama. However, I must say that it was sweet on Akshay’s part not to grumble or delay my shoot,” added Farah.

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