‘Steamy’ Hindi film set goes up in flames

Chennai : It is an upcoming movie that is supposed to be really ‘hot’ – not just for its sensuous theme but also in terms of its advanced 3D technology.

‘Steamy’ Hindi film set goes up in flames

But when Bollywood director Rupesh Paul erected a mid-sea set for his Ananga Ranga (Stage of Love), which is based on the Indian sex manual with the same name written by Kalyana Malla in the 15th century, little did he realise that the shooting would be literally too ‘hot’ to handle as the set went up in flames.

Rupesh Paul and his crew had erected a vintage set on board a boat named ‘Glory to God’ at the Thoothukudi Old Harbour in southern Tamil Nadu to can some shots for his 3D film that harps on the Indian sex treatise.

The shooting for the bilingual film (English and Hindi) had commenced a few days ago in the port town. But early on Tuesday morning the set and the boat went up in flames due to an accidental fire.

Quite ironically, the treatise Ananga Ranga, that is considered to be on the lines of the Kamasutra, is also known as Kamaladhiplava, which incidentally means, “boat in the sea of love.”

For the young filmmaker the fire accident has added to his woes. Rupesh Paul had conceived the project more than two years ago after being taken in by the success of a Chinese 3D porn film ‘Sex and Zen’. He planned to provide an “extra dimension” to the sexual positions described in the ancient treatise on lovemaking. But the project did not take off as planned for a variety of reasons.

Eventually, when the shooting commenced this year, the lead actor Sherlyn Chopra, who was the first Indian to make it to the cover of Playboy magazine, uploaded a video clip of the film on YouTube leaving Rupesh Paul red-faced.

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