Actor Sunny Deol’s debut TV outing, a stunt-based show called Jaanbaaz, has hit a roadblock again. This time, rumours say that the show could also be scrapped altogether as some technical issues have resurfaced.
According to earlier reports, production company Colosceum had brought together Bollywood’s top stunt men for this series. As a part of the show, the artistes were speculated to fight it out for a chance to direct their very own action sequences in a film. In addition they stood an opportunity to win a cash prize. The shooting for the show came to a halt after roughly 15 episodes were filmed.
In December last year, the channel — Zee TV — had implied that the show would go on air soon after the Indian Premier League ended. However, there was no news since then, even if the show was first announced two years ago. Meanwhile, Dance India Dance Li’l Masters has already come on air. It is going to be followed by Shaabash India’s next season and a brand new game show.
Insiders say that Jaanbaaz’s makers, who shot episodes with normal cameras, were being pushed to re-shoot everything on HD (high definition) cameras. Zee TV and the production house even toyed with the speculation of re-shooting all of the 25 episodes, that have been filmed on lavish sets and scenic locations within Maharashtra, from scratch. But that probably didn’t work out.
Our informer says, “Earlier it was the rains and technical glitches that didn’t allow us to complete the show. Now there are issues of Sunny’s dates. He’s been busy with other work and hasn’t allotted time to the producers to finish the shoot. Now it’s as much as the channel to make your mind up what need to be done with the footage now we have already shot and whether the show will ever see the sunshine of day.”
Spokespersons at Zee TV and Colosceum weren’t willing to comment.