Salman Khan enjoys a crazy fan following but it may, at times, get in the way of his professional life. The Uttar Pradesh government has apparently deployed a "1,000-strong police contingent" to keep his admirers from crowding the shooting location of "Sultan."
It is being said UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is overseeing the security measures and has ordered officials against photo-ops with the superstar. The cast and crew are filming the final leg in Bihargarh village of Muzaffarnagar, Mid-Day reported.
"Salman arrived late on Tuesday night in a convoy of a dozen cars amidst tight security. He is staying at a farmhouse in the outskirts of the village. As soon as word spread that the star would be arriving, multitude of his fans began thronging the area, but they were kept at bay," a source told the leading daily.
The team began work on Wednesday where the star shot for a scene in an akhada (wrestling ring) created specially for the film and one other scene where Salman had to lift a tractor. What surprised the on-lookers were boards, which had "Haryana" written all over them. "It appeared that they were recreating Haryana in UP. Onlookers wondered why they did not go to shoot in Haryana," an insider added.
After wrapping up the day's shoot, the 50-year-old actor was escorted to the farmhouse by as many as 20 bouncers and the road leading up to it was made a restricted entry zone. Only crew members were allowed to use the passage.
"Sultan," directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Yash Raj Films, opens in theatres this Eid and stars Anushka Sharma as Salman's love interest in the film.