The shooting of KGF: Chapter 2 has been stopped at Cyanide Hills in Kolar Gold Fields after an interim order was passed by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court in Kolar to halt the shooting with immediate effect.
The order was passed when the court heard a case filed by one of the residents in the area, claiming that the huge sets erected for the shooting of the film caused environmental damage.
Reacting to this news, producer Karthik Gowda of Hombale Films told TNM that the schedule to be shot in Cyanide Hills was almost complete.
"We will be complying with the court orders and will not be shooting in Cyanide Hills. We will return to complete a final schedule of shooting after the issue is resolved in court," said Karthik.
He further added that KGF: Chapter 1 was shot for almost six months in the same area and that the team had returned to the location to shoot the sequel two months ago. "We have one day of shoot left in the area. It is an arid area with no plants around and we will challenge the court decision," Karthik added.
KGF: Chapter 1 and 2 are directed by Prashanth Neel, who has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues. Vijay Kiragandur has produced the project under his banner Hombale Films. The film has Yash playing the lead role and Srinidhi Shetty is the heroine. The rest of the star cast includes Achyuth Kumar, Nassar, Anant Nag and Vasishta N. Simha. The technical team comprises music director Ravi Basrur, cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda, and art director Shivakumar.
KGF: Chapter 1 released in December last year in five languages simultaneously - Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam. The film was considered a success in all the languages and movie buffs are eagerly waiting for the sequel. Similar to the first film, the sequel will be dubbed and released in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been roped in to play the role of the villain opposite Yash in the sequel.
(With inputs from Digital Native)