The Kerala Forest Department has stopped the shoot of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil, Telugu and Hindi tri-lingual Ravana on Friday. The shooting was being held in the forest areas of Mulankuzhi in Malayatoor forest range near Kochi in Kerala for the past one week.
Usually film shootings are not allowed in these places as the state govt had announced these spots as eco-tourism centers. But Mani Ratnam had got special permission from the Govt through some of his communist connections. The govt gave permission to him to conduct the shooting for 25 days continuously.
However the forest officials found that Mani had constructed temporary huts in the greenery landscape and large number of plastic wastages were also dumped by his crew.
So they immediately ordered the shooting to be stopped. The film unit claimed that they had put up the temporary huts to put their costly equipments from the sudden rains in the dense forest area. But the govt official totally rejected this.
The forest department also ordered Mani Ratnam to vacate from the forest land immediately.