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Massive fire breaks out at ND Studio, no injuries reported


Established by art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai, the studio is situated near the town of Khalapur in Maharashtra's Raigad district.

Nitin Chandrakant Desai

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A massive fire broke out around noon at ND Studio on Friday. No casualties have been reported.

The studio is situated near the town of Khalapur in Maharashtra's Raigad district.

The blaze reportedly broke out near the sets of the historical epic Jodhaa Akbar (2008), which starred Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. A major portion of the sets has been destroyed.

"Several fire-fighting vehicles from the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Karjat, Khopoli and neighbouring areas were rushed to the spot and efforts to douse the flames were on," the police told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Many big-budget films such as Slumdog Millionaire (2009), Kick (2014) and Bajirao Mastani (2015) as well as the popular reality television show Bigg Boss were shot in the studio.

Spread across 52 acres, the facility, which was established by renowned art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai in 2005, was privately owned by the artiste until 2007 when Reliance Entertainment picked up a 50% stake in the studio.