Kangana Ranaut, who was shooting in the Chambal Valley for her next film, Revolver Rani, almost had an encounter with the dacoits that the area is (in) famous for. The actress was returning to Gwalior with the film’s director, Sai Kabir, and the crew in a convoy of about four-five cars and a police van, when they were stopped by about 12-15 men armed with guns and knives, says our source.
We’re told that the dacoits wanted Kangana to pose for pictures with them and refused to let her car pass. However, Kabir managed to reason with them and succeeded.
Kabir says, “I have lived in that area for over 15 years. So, while I was expecting trouble, we managed to get out of it smoothly. The place is famous for guns and dacoits fire them without any reason. There was a little argument with the dacoits, but Kangana didn’t meet or shoot pictures with them.
We had a police van for our security and in this area, even a constable has a machine gun.” To avoid any further altercation with the dacoits, Kabir says he called his MLA friend Rakesh Chaudhary. “We waited for about half-an-hour at his place, before he and his security personnel escorted us to Gwalior,” recalls the director, adding, “We had strict instructions not to shoot after 5.30 pm and we would return to Gwalior daily. Even male actors would have reservations about shooting in Chambal, but Kangana didn’t have any apprehensions.”