‘Agent Vinod’ team upset locals of ghost town Kuldhara

Producer-actor Saif Ali Khan and director Sridhar Raghavan of Agent Vinod, Saif’s home-production, landed in some legal trouble recently. The cast and crew were shooting some crucial scenes from the film in Kuldhara near Jaisalmer, popularly also known as the ghost town of Rajasthan. According to locals the team was shooting in one of the ancient heritage structures without appropriate permissions. Though the team claimed they had the necessary permits. Anyway, what really irked the locals was that they also flouted rules and caused permanent damage to the site by painting the yellow walls in maroon and filling mud in the stone layers of the ancient houses. As a result Saif’s production company Illuminati Films and co-producer Eros International have coughed up Rs 1,00,000 as penalty and Rs 4,00,000 security deposit will be used for restoration of the heritage site. The Agent Vinod team is no longer allowed to shoot at Kuldhara, but can shoot anywhere else in Rajasthan.