Protester Slapped Sanjay Leela Bhansali During ‘Padmavati’ ShootingJanuary 28, 2017 09:32
In a shocking incident, Bollywood Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped and his hair was pulled on the sets of his film "Padmavati" in Jaipur. Protesters alleged that the film shows a much-celebrated Rajput queen in poor light.
Members of the Rajput Karni Sena attacked the film's sets at the historic Jaigarh Fort and assaulted Sanjay Leela Bhansali. They also vandalised all the shooting equipment.
"Padmavati", is a historical drama, based on the story of Queen Padmini, who refused to get captivated by emperor Alauddin Khilji when he arrived at the Chittorgarh fort with his army. Padmini killed herself along with scores of other women before Alauddin could storm the fort.
The protesters also claimed that the film had some love scenes between Queen Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, which are played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
The Rajput Karni Sena has asked Mr Bhansali to deletes such scenes in the film if any.
"We had warned the filmmaker against presenting wrong facts. When we came to know about the shooting, we gathered there and protested," said a leader of the group, Narayan Singh.
The Jaipur police told the Press Trust of India that "Mr Bhansali has decided to stop filming in the area."
"The filmmakers have assured that they will not shoot here and will pack up," senior police officer Anshuman Bhomia told PTI.
Extending support to Mr Bhansali, filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, "Am appalled at what has happened with Sanjay Bhansali....this is the time for all us as an industry to stand by our people and fraternity!! (sic)"
BY M. DIVYA SRI