Monsoon drowns Bollywood’s pix

Production delayed due to weather

Bollywood this week is drying out from heavy monsoon rains that delayed production on pics including “Kabhi alvida naa kehana” (Never Say Goodbye), “Rocky: The Rebel” and “Jaaneman.”

Flooding ruined sets at Yashraj Studios, Filmistan and Film City studios around Mumbai and prevented cast and crew from getting to shoots.

The downpour on Thursday and Friday also hurt box office: “Krrish,” “Fanaa” and “Phir hera pheri” took a hit, with losses of as much as 10 million rupees ($218,412) expected in Mumbai.

While the downpour was not as bad as last year’s, many TV soaps also sustained losses. Nivedita Basu, creative director of Balaji Telefilms, told the Financial Express that sets were drenched. “Some will need to be built from scratch, and the losses will be huge,” she said.

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