Only a couple of months when film producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked in Jaipur concerning the alleged controversial content in his upcoming movie ‘Padmavati’, the new film set in Kolhapur, Maharashtra was set on fire by goons on Tuesday.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati Set Attacked Once Again. This Time It Was Burnt In Kolhapur
According to reports, 40-50 unidentified men tried to destroy the sets and set it alight. The men, armed with lathis and stones, stormed into the sets and began destroying the property. Reportedly, a few cars parked outside the sets were also damaged.
“Police is inquiring this matter and more investigation is on. We asked the production house to lodge formal complaint in this issue. Some one intentionally did this, that’s of course,” said Deepak Kesarkar, Minister of State for Home. It’s been quite 13 hours since the incident passed off but police has not got any concrete leads on this. Police is yet to identify the miscreants. “It’s failure on the a part of government. They ought to take responsibility of this. Bhansali shifted venue for security reasons, but it’s sad to see that the set attacked here too. We condemn this act and demand government to nab the culprits,” said, Jitendra Awhad, NCP MLA.
It was only a few weeks ago that Bhansali decided to shift base to the Masai plateau, some 20km away from Kolhapur. Interestingly, the filmmaker beefed up the security after the Jaipur incident where he was manhandled by members of the Karni Sena and accused of distortion of history in Padmavati.
The reason for the attack was that Bhansali was allegedly showing a romantic sequence between 14th century emperor Alauddin Khilji (played by Ranveer Singh) and Rani Padmini (played by Deepika Padukone). An incident which the Karni Sena claims had never happened in history. Thus filming the same would be an insult to the Rajputana pride.
Interestingly, the filmmakers had never planned to have such a scene in the first place. Moreover, Rani Padmini is a character that was first written of in an epic poem named Padmavat by 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Padmini’s existence is a matter of debate among historians. Meanwhile, it reported Bhansali is safe, but the shooting of the film has stalled till further notice. Apart from Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Padmavati also stars Shahid Kapoor in a lead role.
Confirming the news, Shobha Sant, CEO Bhansali Productions told Pinkvilla, “A few people entered and had put the set on fire in the early morning hours. The main cast wasn’t present at that time. However, our costumes are completely damaged”. She said an investigation is on and an official complaint will filed soon. Bhansali Production issued a statement which read, “Filed a complaint against miscreants who vandalized our costume & jewelry and set it on fire Padmavati. No loss of life, no one seriously hurt on vandalized shoot of Padmavati.”
The official Twitter handle of Padmavati also put up a statement thanking the Maharashtra Police. Details concerning people behind the attack are yet to emerge. Earlier, Bhansali had tried to call a truce with Rajput organisations and told them there’ll be no love scene between Deepika and Ranveer’s characters. The letter said…
As discussed with you, this can be to specifically clarify that there’s no romantic dream sequence or any objectionable / romantic scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. We’ve been carefully researching and creating the film. We are confident that Mewar will be proud of the film made on their revered queen. We don’t want to harm any sentiments and would appreciate. Since if all the social organisations and local people support us in creating this film and making their queen revered by the world. Request you to please make sure that moving forward there’s no un toward action against our production, crew and cast in lieu of the said issue from members of your association and other Rajput associations. We look forward for your co-operation. — Bhansali productions private limited