Emraan Hashmi in 'Captain Nawab' poster.
Mumbai: Emraan Hashmi had announced ‘Captain Nawab’ long back, but not much development happened on the film, and now it looks like there’s some justification as to why the movie might be on hold.
A source told DNA, "Emraan had booked his dates for the spy thriller and even begun shooting for it. But now, the shoot has been temporarily stalled. That’s why his other films have been announced in quick succession."
When asked about the reason, the source reveals, "Director Tony D’Souza and the entire team is awaiting a clearance from the Indian military to resume the shoot. In the movie, Emraan plays a double agent who represents India and Pakistan and lands in trouble when both countries find out about his betrayal. Given that he plays a man in uniform and it highlights the sensitive Indo-Pakistan relationship, the armed forces are wary of how it will be shot. They have raised a few questions and unless a clearance is received, work on the film cannot resume."
Confirming the news, Tony said, "Yes, we have sent the script to the Ministry of Defence. We are awaiting their clearance to proceed with the shoot."
Further clarifying, he added, "Anyone who makes a film on the army doesn’t do it with an intention to hurt anyone’s sentiment. We have a lot of respect for the Indian Armed Forces."
"We had finished our first schedule, but we will shoot portions of the film featuring the Indian Army now. So, we needed the Ministry to give us a No Objection Certificate. It should come either by the end of this month or in the first week of March. Then, we would be good to go," Tony concluded.