All our exterior locations were very
dry and great care had to be taken by everyone at all times not
to cause a spark or drop anything incendiary which could easily
start a major fire. In the jungle, this meant a 'no-smoking'
ban so I dug a pit near the Armoury Truck (where it was 'no-smoking'
anyway due to explosives on board) for the careful use and safe-deposit
of cigarette butts.
In the course of filming, we had to light
house-fires on set to simulate such things as bandit raids and
enemy shell-fire and one of these did take some handling on the
word 'Cut !' : after one particularly hair-raising 'fire-brigade'
by Bharat - a member of the SPFX team - I thought he was looking
very 'tandoori' so I threw a bucket of cold water over him. On
another location after a bout of serious 'gunfire', I later received
a handful of ice down the back of my shorts from him in return.