The shooting of Rs 32 Crore budget film Rachcha was stopped at the Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Kerala on Friday when a forest official objected to the shooting module without a life jacket at a deep-lake point.
Ram Charan Tej and Tamannaah were getting ready for a romantic scene on a boat.
Sampath Nandi, director of the film, had visualized a love song composed by Mani Sharma of the couple drifting on the mist-shrouded Periyar Lake.
Ram Charan in casual clothes and Tamannaah in a skimpy top and skirt were about to venture into the camera zone. But the PTR deputy director Mr Sanjay Kumar insisted that the actors should put on life jackets as they were entering a risky spot. Despite repeated requests to allow the pair to go without the gear, the forest official turned down their pleas.
This led to the calling off the shoot temporarily. Later, some long shots with the actors donning life jackets were shot. "One could hardly notice life jackets on them onscreen. We are going to manage it technically," a crew member said.
The forest officials also prohibited the movement of about 20 vehicles, 100 members into the PTR, saying that it was against the wildlife rules. The shoot was then limited to a small portion of a song.
The chief wildlife warden, Periyar sanctuary, was said to have sought a report on the presence of the film party there.