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CR officials direct RGV to contact Railway Board for permission to shoot at CST

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MUMBAI: In his quest to stay afloat given the washout of his latest film Department, Ram Gopal Varma is making a film based on the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

Recently, Varma went to the Central Railway (CR) headquarters at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to seek permission from the public relations department to shoot some scenes at the station.

It is said that the CR authorities denied any permission and asked the filmmaker to approach the Railway Board in Delhi. Reportedly the authorities didn‘t want any gory images or blood to be shown as the incident wasn‘t one to be glorified. "So, we have asked the production to send the proposal in writing and we will be permitting them to shoot the scenes only if we feel that it will not affect the railways‘ image," said a CR official.

Varma‘s team is also scouting other locations and strategic places like Cama Hospital and the vehicle by which the terrorists had entered and gone on a rampage around the city. They are also trying to rope in the railway announcer who saved many lives on the night of the attacks.

Varma had initially courted controversy when he visited the terror-ravaged hotels (Taj Mahal and the Oberoi) soon after the terror strike along with the then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and his son Riteish Deshmukh.

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