‘Padmavati’ is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project and after ‘Bajirao Mastani’ got rave reviews and he was lauded for the film, he finally gathered the encouragement and courage to start shooting for Padmavati. But it seems like the film can’t just get enough of controversies. Earlier there were reports of protests against its filming as people objected to the romantic dream sequence between Allaudin Khilji and Rani Padmavati. But SLB shut down the rumors and clarified that there was no such scene in the movie. Only then did the Shree Rajput Karni Sena give a thumbs up to the crew so they could resume shooting. The second controversy happened when the sets of Padmavati was mobbed and vandalized in Jaipur and Bhansali was beaten up and physically assaulted. This is the third time in that Padmavati has been in trouble and this time, the rogues have gone one step ahead and burnt down the entire set of Padmavati that was set up in Kolhapur. This abominable act was carried out by a fringe activist group in Kolhapur who attacked the sets with petrol bombs, thus setting the sets on fire resulting in its complete destruction.
Reportedly, a number of men attacked the set between 12:30 to 1 am at night, and also used petrol bombs. A horde of antique props have burnt down. Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is currently present on the destroyed set in Kolhapur, doesn’t want to file a complaint against the miscreants. The fire set the sets on fire till 4 am in the night and it was finally smothered only after the entire set was destroyed to the point of irreplaceable. Out of the six horses present on the sets, one has suffered from sever back injury. Thankfully no casualties were reported.
Actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor who star in the film have condemned the act and expressed their regret on not being on the sets to support Bhansali.
Padmavati was first staged as an opera by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Paris in 2008. The movie is going to be its big screen adaptation. Bhansali’s previous film — Bajirao Mastani — too was embroiled in protests over presentation of historical facts and their authenticity.
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