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Saif gets locked in a kitchen

It’s not what you think. The actor had to be confined to a restaurant after a mob got the better of him in Lucknow

Marriage seems to have had a calming effect on Saif Ali Khan, as was evident during the Lucknow shoot of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullet Raja. On Wednesday while shooting in Hazratganj in the heart of Lucknow, Saif and Tigmanshu were taken completely unawares by the over zealous crowd and had to be locked in a wayside restaurant for over four hours till the chaos subsided.

Interestingly, unlike in the past- when on the sets of Love Aaj Kal Saif lost his temper at being mobbed – he handled the situation with poise. His producer Rahul Mitra said, “Yes, there was some problem for several hours. But Saif did not panic at all.” As a reward, his wife Kareena flew down to be with him, and to ensure the Nawab kept his cool through the rest of the schedule.

According to an eyewitness, the scene involved Saif driving through the bylanes of Lucknow. A few cops were stationed at the venue to ensure nothing went wrong. But a few hours into the shoot and the crowd started swelling.

“Saif and Tigmanshu were busy discussing the scene and were oblivious to the surging crowd. Once in a while, Saif waved out to the people,” said the eyewitness. Things got out of hand when the eager crowd broke through the barricade and headed toward Saif and Tigmanshu. One of them even managed to grab Saif’s arm and pull him away. Saif was shocked, but handled it well – he simply used the other free arm to hug that guy, added the source.

“Sensing trouble, the production head rushed Saif and Tigmanshu to a nearby restaurant and locked them inside. They stood guarding the entrance before some more cops arrived.” But that took a good few hours. Thankfully, with Bebo by his side, he seemed to be eager to put the unpleasant episode behind him.


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