The crew of Drishyam 2 has been in a lot of trouble. Soon after its shooting started, the makers of Drishyam 2, the second part of Mohanlal’s blockbuster 2013 hit, saw themselves in a small debate. The crew of the upcoming movie, helmed by Jeethu Joseph, was found to be carrying a shoot on protected land. The film’s crew has been shooting in Thodupuzha in the Idukki district for over one week. The film’s crew was continuing the shoot on a green islet which appears under the Haritha Kerala Mission project in the Kudayathur panchayat in Idukki.
The land has been preserved by the government and has been taken up for afforestation. It was also inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan a few days ago. However, as soon as Panchayat authorities noticed that the shooting was taking place in the islet, they sent a notice to the higher authorities. Pushpa Vijayan, secretary of the Kudayathoor panchayat said, “We had been planting saplings with the help of Kudumbashree workers in this land for over two years now. Recently, a board has also been erected near the place stating that it is protected land. However, no permission was taken by the crew of the Drishyam 2 film before shooting in this location.”
The panchayat authorities also worry that the saplings planted there may be damaged if the crew shot on the land. With the help of the Haritha Kerala Mission workers, the panchayat authorities visited the land and blocked the crew from shooting. According to reports, the film’s producers have said that they had taken permission to shoot in the land, which is part of the Muvattupuzha Valley irrigation project. The issue was eventually resolved after the Idukki district collector H Dinesan intervened and permitted the crew to shoot at the site with certain conditions.