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Mayday: Ajay Devgn Stalls Shoot of Film, Co-Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Amid Rising Covid-19 Numbers

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Actor-producer Ajay Devgn halted the shoot of Mayday, the Hindi film starring Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan, and Rakul Preet Singh, due to rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

The film was on the last leg of shooting when Devgn, also the film’s director and the producer, decided to stall the shoot, a source told Silverscreen India.

While almost 98% of the film’s shooting is complete, a few scenes were yet to be shot in either Dubai or Doha, the source said.

“Due to Covid-19 protocols and the permissions required to shoot abroad, the director took a decision to continue the rest of the shoot later. It’s possible that by mid-May the shoot might resume again and wrap up in a couple of days,” the source said.

The source told Silverscreen India that Mayday will be an aviation-based thriller.

The film, which went on floors in December 2020, will release on April 29, 2022.

While it has not been confirmed yet, reports stated that Mayday is inspired by the emergency landing of the Doha-Kochi Jet Airways flight in 2015. According to Aviation Safety Network, the plane’s engine had shut down while the fuel onboard was 349 kg. According to a report in Mint, the minimum fuel reserve a Boeing 737 aircraft should have is about 1,500 kg. The report  mentioned that the Jet Airways flight made three go-arounds due to bad weather and could not land at Kochi. Later, due to poor visibility and low fuel the pilot decided to take a diversion to Trivandrum citing a “fuel emergency” rather than taking it to the nearest airport, which was Bangalore. The flight had 141 passengers and eight crew members on board. Reports stated that the passengers and the crew had a close shave.

Meanwhile, Devgn has other projects lined up as well. In SS Rajamouli’s RRR, he will make an extended cameo appearance. He will also be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt in the lead.

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