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In a shocking incident, actress Mahie Gill, producer Sakett Saawhney and other crew members were attacked by drunk goons during the shoot of the ALTBalaji’s web series ‘Fixer’ near Ghodbunder Road near Thane. The incident was shared by filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia on Twitter through a video, in which the team is narrating the incident, which took place at around 4:30 pm.
Producer of the web series Sakett Saawhney, while narrating the incident said, “We were shooting in a factory today with valid permission and due money paid to the location manager. We were shooting since 7 am and around 4.30 pm, some four people barged in, drunk, with sticks and rods in their hands.”
Sakett added, “They attacked our artistes, technicians and crew. They said we cannot shoot there without their permission. There was no scope for dialogue, discussion. They manhandled women, attacked our director of photography, our director has dislocated his shoulder."
I was there when it happened on the sets of fixer at Mira road drunk goons thrashed our unit Santosh thundiyal cameraman got six stitches. Pathetic pic.twitter.com/eWnJ55YXzv— Tigmanshu Dhulia (@dirtigmanshu) June 19, 2019
Mahie Gill said that when the men came to attack her, she ran towards her car and saw that the goons were ‘hitting people like animals.’ Alleging that the police encouraged the goons, Mahie said, “We are not going to the police as they themselves were telling the goons to hit us.”
Sakett claimed that when the police patrol vehicle arrived, they narrated the incident to the police but the police shut the compound door, demanded money and didn’t let the crew collect their belongings. Sakett said, “They said come to court and then take your stuff. This is total harassment. We have consciously taken a call to not file a police complaint as you will call the other party, give them an NC (non-cognisable offence) and they will be out on bail.”
Sakett added, “We, on the other hand, will forever be running to the court and be branded as 'criminals'. It is harassment for the industry.”