MUMBAI: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had the most bone chilling experience while on shoot for the very last schedule of his forthcoming film Delhi 6. He was recently in the Capital for a day’s schedule with cameraman Promod Pradhan to shoot the streets of Delhi. Mehra, known to be a trend setter, decided to do something different. He, along with Pradhan, decided to capture the majestic India Gate from a height of 120ft.
They managed to do so with the help of the Snorkel, an aerial ladder used by firefighters. While going up they had no problems but once they got the required shot and asked the Snorkel operators to bring them down, they were told that due to some mechanical problem they could not do so.
Mehra, Pradhan along with the assistant cameraman and the camera attendant were stranded 120ft high for almost 45 minutes.
Speaking to Businessofcinema.com, Pradhan said, "It was so windy up there that we thought we would be blown away. Communicating with the people below was also very difficult as the walkie – talkie was beyond the frequency range and the network for the cell phones was very weak. It was the scariest experience, a once in a lifetime experience!"
Finally after a lot of heart stopping jerks the machine was fixed and the four of them were brought down safely.
Mehra, who is busy with the post production of the film, was unavailable for comment.