Director Madhur Bhandarkar is paying a price for his insistence on realism. The crew of Jail had to go through a nightmare when the inmates of Matunga remand home started misbehaving with the girls from the crew and also stole the unit’s equipment.
The boys who were the in the agegroup of 11-15, behaved rowdily when they heard that a film unit was present on the premises.
The miserable girls even threatened to leave the shoot mid-way.
Says Neil Nitin Mukesh, “I was shocked. The boys at the remand home misbehaved with the unit girls. They were aggressive and rude, almost lewd. My brother is 17-years-old and I consider him a bachcha. But these 14-year-olds spoke in a tone and language that went way beyond their age.”
The boys seems to be particularly crazy about Neil Nitin Mukesh. “Surprisingly, they knew me through Aa Dekhen Zara. When the boys heard about our shoot, they demanded to meet us but were denied permission. That’s when they got upset and out of control.”
Neil feels that the boys need guidance to get their life back on track.
“The boys lack motivation. They’ve been left there and are not doing anything with their lives. They haven’t been told where they went wrong and how to get their life back on track. They don’t even know what’s morally right or wrong. One boy even took off with some shoot equipment. He did it so nonchalantly as if stealing is acceptable. He obviously hasn’t been taught better.”
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