A huge crowd gathered in the morning, waving to Lakshmi Rai and taking her autograph while shooting proceeded smoothly . The trouble started around 4 pm when a huge group of college students reached the spot. In a while, the crowd went crazy, with youngsters mobbing Lakshmi, reaching out to touch her.The few security personnel present could not do much. Cameraman Chelladurai and other unit members quickly escorted her to the car. Shooting was disrupted for the rest for the day while the producer sought recourse to police protection later.
“Oh, it was nightmarish,“ concedes Lakshmi, “but there was no mishap, as reported in the local media. I know fans indulge in such activities out of love and affection, and I don’t want to make a big issue of it.”