On Friday, shooting of Bobby Deol starrer, ‘Love Hostel’ was allegedly stalled by protesting farmers in Patiala, Punjab. Incidentally, it was in Patiala itself that the shooting of Janhvi Kapoor’s film ‘Good Luck Jerry’ was disrupted in January by farmers protesting against the Centre’s agricultural laws. Makers of ‘Good Luck Jerry’ had subsequently shifted shooting schedule to Chandigarh and thereafter to other parts of Punjab including Ludhiana.
According to news reports, it was while the crew of Bobby’s film ‘Love Hostel’ was setting up their shooting equipment in Patiala, that a faction of farmers landed at the venue and asked them to pack up and leave.
Reportedly, it was during the protests over Janhvi’s film shooting earlier that the farmers had stated they won’t allow any Bollywood film to shoot in Punjab till their issue with the government is resolved.
The farmers raised slogans against the agricultural laws and also made their disappointment apparent about the fact that neither did actor, producer Sunny Deol, also a BJP MP from Gurdaspur, nor their father, actor Dharmendra give any statements to support the farmers though they belong to Punjab.
Reports also claim that besides their disappointment against the Deols, the farmers also said that no big Bollywood actor had come out in their support so far. Besides Bobby, the film ‘Love Hostel’ also stars Sanya Malhotra and Vikrant Massey and is directed by Shankar Raman, and co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s production house.
While announcing the film, last year Sanya had written about the film on her social handle, ”Set against the pulsating backdrop of rustic North India, ‘Love Hostel’ traces the volatile journey of a spirited young couple, being hunted by a ruthless mercenary. The star-crossed lovers take on the entire world and then some more in search of their fairytale ending. This is a survival tale in the game of power, money and principles with mayhem and bloodshed.”