Residents in hill station objected to a film crew being in town during the pandemic, but allowed filming to progress after being assured of strict safety protocol on set
When Governments across the country announced lockdown relaxations that allowed film and TV units to resume shooting, several teams took off to locations that were relatively less affected by the pandemic and shot in bio-bubble set ups. The influx of outsiders in some of these locations, though, did not go down well with local residents, as was the case with the upcoming Srikanth and Srushti Dange- starrer, The Journey of Pet, shooting of which is currently going on in full swing.
The film, which was launched in March this year, was being shot in Ooty in Tamil Nadu until lockdown was announced owing to the second wave. It is only recently that the team headed back to the hill station to resume shooting, only to face an angry mob, who objected to outsiders in the region and the likelihood of them spreading the pandemic.
According to a TOI report, it took the team a while to placate the residents and assure them that standard operating protocols were being followed and that the strictest safety measures were in place, including the vaccination status of cast and crew. It is only then that the residents relented and allowed the film team to resume shooting.
The Journey of Pet, starring Srikanth and Srushti Dange in lead roles, is said to be a suspense thriller. The movie that is directed by Mani Bharati, follows the story of a murder that happens in Ooty, when Srikanth’s character and his friends go on a trip to the hill station. The challenges faced by the group in its aftermath constitutes the rest of the story. The actor plays the role of an IT professional in the upcoming movie.