Shooting of Salman Khan’s next release ‘Mental’ will finally resume next week. The second shooting schedule (after Dubai) came to a sudden halt last month after stunt artists from Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh abandoned the film mid-way through the Lavasa schedule.
There were reports in the media that the Khan brothers lost around 2 weeks of shooting and incurred losses in excess of Rs 20 crores.
Apparently, it was Salman who decided to cancel the contracts of Southern artists. As per the All India Film Employees Confederation, 70% of the fighters have to be local (Mumbai) and 30% from the region where the stunt coordinator is hired from. But once the shooting schedule in Lavasa (a private hill-city near Pune) was underway, the south fighters demanded 50% representation and 50% hike in pay as the fighters from Mumbai were being paid more.
Directed by Sohail Khan, Mental stars Salman, Tabu, Daisy Shah, Sana Khan and Ashmit Patel. The film is likely to release in theatres in January 2014.