COLUMN: LOCATION DIARY
Actor/producer Vijay Babu was on the sets of 'Escape From Uganda' (2013). One day, the director Rajesh Nair, who is settled there, told Vijay he needed to go and check out a location. Just before he left, he gave a pistol to Vijay. “If anything happens, shoot first and ask questions later,” said Rajesh.
Suddenly, Sanoop's elder sister, Saneesha, who was watching from the sidelines, just went up to her brother and pinched his arm very hard. Immediately, Sanoop started crying loudly. Saneesha looked at the three directors, and said, “Take it, take it.” And thus, the scene became a natural one. “So, what the viewer saw was an actual crying scene,” says Vijay.
During the shoot of 'Peruchazhi' (2014), in California, USA, Mohanlal and Vijay got along famously because they both love cooking. Every evening, after the shoot was over, Mohanlal would go to the apartment of Vijay and they would do some cooking. “Lal was an expert in making wine-based dishes,” says Vijay.
But on the sets of 'Double Barrel' in Goa, things were not ready at all. On a bare hill, a car chase was being filmed. Apart from actors Prithviraj, Indrajith and Vijay, more than 200 extras were present. “There were bomb blasts, guns were fired, but the shot was not okayed,” says Babu. “The next shot took two hours of preparation. Because bombs have to be buried under the ground, all the bullets have to be put in the revolvers, and make-up has to be changed.” Unfortunately, the second shot was also not okayed.