According to a Times Now report, vehicles of the production team of Balan’s film were stopped from entering a forest in Madhya Pradesh by the District Forest Officer (DFO) of Balaghat, a day after the actor allegedly refused to accept the Minister’s dinner invitation.
However, the Minister told ANI that it was he who had refused to accept a lunch/dinner invite from the film’s crew when they sought permission to shoot.
Was there(Balaghat)on request from those who took permission for shoot & requested me for lunch/dinner. I said not possible now, I'll meet them when I go to Maharashtra. Lunch/dinner was cancelled, shoot wasn't: MP min Vijay Shah on reports of his dinner invitation to Vidya Balan pic.twitter.com/N0f4nJBU73
— ANI (@ANI) November 29, 2020
The film has run into issues since shooting began in Madhya Pradesh. Shooting had to be stalled in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and only resumed end-October. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago actor Vijay Raaz was arrested for allegedly molesting a crew member. Raaz is out on bail, but is no longer a part of the film. After getting bail, the actor left for Mumbai. Vidya Balan, makers or the production team of the film have not issued a statement on the incident as yet.
Balan, along with the rest of the team, has been shooting for Sherni in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat for a few weeks now.