By Chaitanya Padukone – Actor-cum-producer Jackky (Vashu) Bhagnani has already worked on a diligent plan and will kickstart production of retro spy-drama thriller movie Bell Bottom starring Akshay Kumar in the lead.. During the ‘70s, and 80’s, ’bell bottom’ was a highly popular trend-fad of trouser-pants with its flared bell-shaped bottoms.
With months of meticulous planning behind them, Pooja Entertainment will be Bollywood’s first production house to shoot a complete schedule of its big-budget filmy project Bellbottom with Akshay Kumar in the lead. Using the latest technology, the film team is all set for an extended shoot beginning soon. Besides medical-grade masks and face shields, after consulting medical experts, the production house is making it mandatory for all cast and crew to wear a wrist watch that will constantly monitor their oxygen levels, body temperature, blood pressure, stress levels and pulse. A centralized dashboard will constantly record the parameters of the entire unit and keep a check for any changes in readings.
Commenting on this, (actor) Jackky Bhagnani says that as a producer, the health of his unit is of utmost importance. “I am truly grateful to guiding force and light Akshay Sir without whom this film and this shoot would have been impossible. From a doctor on the set at all times to keeping the entire set disinfected at all times, safety first is our mantra. It’s a challenge but it makes Bellbottom even more special for all of us.”
Mega-star Akshay Kumar says, “The new normal has made us realise a different way of working that none of us could have imagined. As much as I’m happy to be back on the sets, it’s also important for us to take care of everything around us. Pooja Entertainment has laid down a safety plan for our shooting schedule abroad. We hope these measures help us accomplish a smooth and safe shoot.”Bellbottom’s on-set guidelines will also include maintaining social distancing of no less than six-feet wherever possible; hand sanitizing stations will be made available throughout the set area; all surface areas and equipment to be disinfected frequently using alcohol-based sanitizers before and after every shoot.
Retro-movie Bell-Bottom, with a formidable cast Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta
she is supposedly playing Indira Gandhi) was announced late last year. Pooja Entertainment took the decision to shoot a start to finish stint keeping the global health crisis in mind.Bellbottom Director Ranjit M Tewari adds, “It is going to be a challenging shoot given the circumstances, but I am extremely confident of the health and safety protocols put in place Every member of the Bellbottom family is exhilarated and geared up to kick start work. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. Bellbottom written by Aseem Arrora & Parveez Shaikh is set to release on 2nd April, 2021.