A 16-acre, high-maintenance set was built for the Ajay Devgn-starrer “Maidaan. However, the set has been dismantled owing to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown and the upcoming monsoon season.
Speaking about the set of the Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan, producer Boney Kapoor said, “We built a massive outdoor set covering a 16-acre plot around Mumbai, with all the production infrastructure. Just as the shoot was getting underway, the pandemic hit the world.”
The Maidaan producer further said, “The set has now been dismantled as rains are due to arrive in Mumbai. The rebuild will take at least two months, which will start in September at the earliest, so shooting can commence only in November.”
Boney Kapoor added this meant a massive loss for them. “Thankfully all the indoor and some outdoor, training portions were shot in Lucknow and Kolkata, so are already in the can,” he informed.
Directed by “Badhaai Ho” maker Amit Sharma, Maidaan is a football drama based on the life of former player, the late Syed Abdul Rahim. Rahim is also regarded as one of the greatest coaches that India has seen for the sport. He managed the Indian national team from 1950 until his death in 1963 and is widely known as the architect of modern Indian football.
Reportedly, sets of Akshay Kumar’s historical drama, “Prithviraj”, will also be dismantled due to high maintenance cost ahead of the monsoons. The film is a biopic on the film of the famed Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan and will also feature Manushi Chillar.