The Padmavati crew had erected a huge set at Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, where a number of important scenes of the film were to be shot. The stage was set and the cameras were ready to roll. However, the moment Karni Sena activists got a whiff of the matter, they landed on the set and began damaging it. Reason? Distortion of historical facts, they say. While his team tried to protect SLB, a blow landed straight on the cowering, unarmed, filmmaker.
A shocked and angry Bollywood immediately took to social media to express their angst against this hooliganism. Actors, directors, singers and the entire film fraternity stood together in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, condemning the attack.
Karan Johar who was shocked about the entire incident, shared a series of tweets.
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!!— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27, 2017
Having been through many instances of turmoil during a film shoot or release...i understand Sanjay's emotion at this point...I stand by him.— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27, 2017
Thoughts of what has transpired with Sanjay Bhansali today are just not leaving me!! Feeling helpless and angry!! This cannot be our future!— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27, 2017
Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra also took to Twitter to express their anger. They ridiculed the entire incident.
What happened on the sets of Padmavati is ridiculous.— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) January 27, 2017
There is such a thing as creative freedom and cinematic license.
It's appalling to hear what happened to #SanjayLeelaBhansali .im so saddened..Violence is not what our forefathers taught us..— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) January 27, 2017
Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma also tweeted about the horrible incident and expressed their displeasure:
What happened on Padmavati sets is appalling and heinous. Is this the state of the world.— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) January 27, 2017
Appalled & horrified by what happened on SLB set.NO amount of diff of opinion or disagreement justifies this pathetic behaviour. Shameful!— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) January 27, 2017
Other Bollywood celebs like Sushant Singh Rajput, Yami Gautam, Kriti Sanon, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee, Abhishek Kapoor, Nimrat Kaur among others also shared their disgust on the ghastly incident:
What the hell is wrong with people?! Such level of Intolerance on literally anything & everything is Scary!! SHAME! https://t.co/uHl5KwLSVI— Kriti Sanon (@kritisanon) January 27, 2017
The same man has entertained you with his genius work for 20 years. Why the sudden distrust? Disgusting to see how he has been attacked.— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) January 28, 2017
Horrifying & Disgusting incident! Miscreants must be punished! We stand with you #SanjayLeelaBhansali Sir!— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) January 27, 2017
Shocked and disgusted. What has the world come to? Art was always meant to have no rules.— Athiya Shetty (@theathiyashetty) January 27, 2017
This is just disgusting,wrong & shameful.Am shocked & so angry at the stupidity & blind faith people show in cultural and religious frauds. https://t.co/DXWH7gCAEw— bhumi pednekar (@psbhumi) January 27, 2017
Is this not intolerance???? Well don't expect us to be tolerant to this behaviour.I do hope the govt takes severe action here. #IStandBySLB— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) January 27, 2017
We have hit a curve in history where the film industry has to abandon its politics of silence. Silence now will tantamount to betrayal.— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 28, 2017
Sad to see how people have become 2day. Violence is never the medium4 communication. There are others ways to make a point.#SanjayBhansali— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) January 27, 2017
The man who showed Indian culture in #BajiraoMastani & HDDCS. Who always uses & creates Indian classic stuff, this is what he's got.— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) January 27, 2017
#SanjayLeelaBhansali slapped on his own set by vigilante group... shining example of tolerant India!!!!!! SHAME— Swara Bhaskar (@ReallySwara) January 27, 2017
That's what the industry thinks about this shameful incident, which could have happened to anyone. Democracy gives you the right to express which includes protest. But surely democracy does not give you the right to hit and inflict injury to someone. As Karan Johar rightly said, "This cannot be our future."
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