Vishal Bhardwaj and Ekta Kapoor's forthcoming Emraan Hashmi-starerr 'Ek Thi Daayan', as the title suggests, is a spooky take on witches, however director Kannan Iyer is in for a surprise as the set seems to have become a visiting ground for animals.
When Kannan began shooting for the film at Film City which is a thickly populated forest area the first time the sets were infested with reptiles from nowhere. The entire set had to be cleaned which meant that a lot of time was wasted and shoot was delayed.
The snakes were followed by a leopard who made its way on to the sets and forest officials had to be called to finally trap the animal. This was not the first time. Another leopard was found for the second time when the crew members came on the sets early in the day. The shoot had to be cancelled till the ferocious animal was taken away.
To add to it a pack of monkeys also came on the sets and created a lot of ruckus. Finally extra security was called in to control them and get them out of the sets. The primates went away when shooed but came in again after some time delaying the shoot again.
Tanuj Garg, CEO Of Balaji Motion Pictures, says, "We had to call in extra security to get them out. But in a few minutes, they were back. There was some delay, but we couldn't help it...
Filmcity is a popular shooting area for the film industry and no film set has ever such large number of visits from the animal kingdom. Keeping in mind the subject of the film which deals with the supernatural and the eerie visits from the animals, the buzz is that there may be energies on the set that are inviting animals.