Bollywood Shootout Near Amitabh Bachchan Film Set Leaves One Injured
A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a security guard in Mumbai's Film City complex, close to where the Bollywood icon was filming.
In a real life shoot-out, a Bollywood security contractor was shot and critically injured inside Mumbai's Film City complex Friday. The incident occurred quite close to a set where Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan was filming.
Reports quoted a police official stating that two people arrived on a motorcycle and fired at least three shots at security guard Raju Shinde from close quarters. The seriously injured Shinde was rushed to hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
“There may be a possibility of personal rivalry, as he was shot from close range,” the police official was quoted stating as networks went into breaking news mode. “We are investigating from all angles and shall probe if he had got any threats in the past.”
Bachchan tweeted about the incident to his 14.8 million followers: “Okay!! Shooting at Film City...and a gang war shootout 20 feet from where we are... !! 1 dead... cops all over.” He soon corrected his tweet stating, “Correction: in gang shoot out where I was shooting in Film City person shot at is NOT dead. He has been taken to hospital.”
Bachchan was reportedly shooting for his next film Wazir, directed by Bejoy Nambiar. The actor's latest movie, runaway hit Piku, was released by MSM Motion Pictures, a unit of Sony Entertainment Television. In addition to hosting seasons of the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Bachchan made his Hollywood debut in 2013 in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. In his four-decade-long career, Bachchan's 180-strong filmography has included some of Indian cinema's biggest hits, such as the 1975 classic Sholay.
The Film City complex is spread across 520 acres near a national park, offering both outdoor locations and studios, such as the Reliance MediaWorks facilities.