On Friday 24, 2014 when the nation was celebrating Diwali bursting crackers and rockets in merriment, Mumbai’s renowned Killick Nixon Studio owned by Ekta Kapoor CEO of Balaji Telefilm and maker of numerous hit TV serials like Jodha Akbar; Pavitra Bandhan; Kumkum Bhagya; Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh etc. was gutted in a violent inferno.
According to reports the fire broke out at around 9.30 p.m. at night. Fortunately due to Diwali celebration there was no shooting. Hence nobody was injured nor was any causality reported. Nevertheless the fire engulfed the electrical wiring, others important equipments like the light, sound systems, furniture and clothes. The fire was so intense that eight engines and four water tankers were required to extinguish the fire.
A fire official briefing the media said, “We received a call at 9.30 p.m. and within ten minutes we reached the spot. However the fire was so insistent that it not just gutted the set of Balaji Telefilms’ serial Yeh Hai Mohabbatein but it moved from the ground and also gutted the first floors within 15 minutes.”
The fire official informed, “The fire that broke at 9.30 p.m. was eventually under control by mid night at 12.20 am and finally doused by 1 am.”
A member of Balaji Telefim told, “Though the fire created havoc like it even destructed the editing room yet the saving grace is that there are no injuries or casualties recorded at the location, but the reason behind the disaster is yet not clear and known.”
This is not the first instance of fire at Bollywood studios. Readers may recall that last year in the month of September eminent stand-up comedian, Kapil Sharma’s set of 'Comedy Nights with Kapil' had caught fire in Mumbai’s Filmcity and was reduced to ashes.
However the worst accident till date has been on the sets of Sanjay Khan Production’s famous TV serial ‘The Sword of Tipu Sultan’ at Premier Studios in Mysore on 8 February 1989.