One word which can be associated with Indian TV shows and movies sets is grand. The saas-bahu sagas take place in grand mansions and so do a lot of Bollywood movies (think Karan Johar movies). With long flowing drapes adorning the walls and lighting to the maximum, there is always a possibility of a hazard. Most of the times a short circuit starts a fire. The fire is then escalated by all the flammable props used. Recently, the sets of Beyhadh starring Kushal Tandon and Jennifer Winget caught fire. Kushal Tandon saved Jennifer but not before he suffered burns on his neck and leg. Sadly, this is not the first instance of a staged fire getting out of control or sets catching fire due to a short circuit. Here are some other instances where TV show sets caught fire.
In 2014, the set of Jamai Raja caught fire due to a short circuit and about eight fire engines were required to control the fire. Although there was no human casualty, property worth of 3 crores was destroyed. The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) started an inquiry post this fire and asked all the TV shows to implement proper preventive measures against fire.
The set caught fire during to a sangeet sequence in 2015. A short circuit set fire to the drapes surrounding the set. There were no casualties and the set was promptly reconstructed keeping in mind the time constraints.
Don't chandeliers make an amazing addition a living room decor? Until one of the bulbs catches fire and the whole thing comes tumbling down. This may seem like a dramatic sequence in a movie but actually happened on the set of Satrangi Sasural in 2015. Luckily, none of the cast/crew members was hurt.
Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
Just before the sets of Jamai Raja caught fire, there was a fire on the sets of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. The cast was shooting some vital sequences and escaped unhurt although the set was destroyed.
The entire set of Comedy Nights with Kapil was destroyed in the 2013 fire and shooting had to be halted until a temporary one was constructed. There were no casualties reported. The cause of fire is still unknown.
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