Drishyam 2, which is being shot in Thodupuzha in Idukki district of Kerala for over a week, ran into trouble when Panchayat members found that the shooting was taking place in a protected area and complained against them, according to a report in Mangalam Malayalam News.
However, the issue was later resolved after the Idukki district Collector H Dinesan permitted the crew to shoot under certain conditions.
The report mentioned that the shooting was being held on protected land which comes under the Haritha Kerala Mission project in Kudayathur Panchayat in Idukki. The land has been taken up for afforestation causes and was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan a few days ago.
A notice was sent to the higher authorities when the Panchayat noticed the crew shooting on the protected land. Speaking to Mathrubhumi, Pushpa Vijayan, Secretary of the Kudayathoor Panchayat, said, “We have been planting saplings here with the help of Kudumbashree workers for more than two years now. The saplings have also grown. A board was recently erected here clearly mentioning that it is protected land. Still, no permission was taken by the Drishyam film crew before they started filming here.”
Meanwhile, film producers stated that they had already taken permission to shoot on the particular land. The report also stated that the conditions included, the crew offered a bond of Rs 25,000, along with the promise that their shooting will not destroy the newly planted saplings. The other condition stated that the shoot will continue under the supervision of Panchayat members.
Recently, Mohanlal had shared a picture along with his co-stars Meena, Ansiba, and Esther Anil from the sets of Drishyam 2. The film is being directed by Jeethu Joseph and produced by Antony Perumbavoor. It is a sequel to the 2013 thriller which made immense noise at the box office.