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Abhishek, Aishwarya's mammoth dilemma

July 30, 2009 18:14 IST

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan failed to return to their hotel just after shooting for their new film Ravan on Wednesday evening after an elephant went out of control and killed its mahout.

The incident, which occurred after the shooting around 5 pm in Athirapally waterfalls area, blocked the road at nearby Athirapally forest area of Kerala's Thrissur district.

Kunju, the elephant, stood in the middle of the road, thus, obstructing the traffic to move through the road.

As per the latest information Kunju had been controlled by chaining it veterinary doctors were on their way from Thrissur to attend the disgruntled elephant, possibly to tranquillise it.

The killed mahout was Andavan, aged 51.

Ravan is being shot in Hindi and Tamil at the thick forests near the waterfalls. Abhishek plays the lead role in the Hindi version while Tamil actor Vikram plays the lead role in regional version, with Aishwarya being the heroine in both versions of the film.

Kerala's Athirapally waterfalls has been one of the favourite locations for major blockbuster films in south India.

Noted film director Mani Ratnam's Dil Se song Jiya Jale, and the film Guru song Barso re were shot at the Athirapally waterfalls.

Located at the entrance to Sholayar ranges, it's a favourite location of film makers. Athirappally Waterfalls is located 78 kms from Kochi (Cochin).

The Athirappally falls join the Chalakkudy river after plummeting down 80 ft. The cool spray that covers a large area near the falls makes Athirapally a scenic location.

Text: ANI | Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters