Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Attack On Padmavati Shoot & Crew Was Uncalled For

The National Award-winning filmmaker sent out an official statement condemning the vandalism and assault on Padmavati sets in Jaipur on Friday

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Attack On Padmavati Shoot & Crew Was Uncalled For
Post the shameful attack on Padmavati set at Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has sent out an official statement condemning the vandalism on the day.

It said, “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shot two films in Jaipur and despite his love for Rajasthan, for the safety of his crew, we have decided to stop the shoot and leave the city post the shocking incident where miscreants damaged property and misbehaved with the crew on the shoot of Padmavati.”

Refuting claims that the film will feature an intimate scene between between Alauddin Khiji, played by Ranveer Singh and Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), the statement further asserted that there is no such sequence.

“SLB had directed the opera Padmavati to packed houses in Paris and earned worldwide praise for it. He was inspired by the beautiful and courageous queen and is making a feature film on the story. We clarify that there is no dream sequence or any objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. We have been carefully researching and making the film. In spite of this, the attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur,” it further read.

“We are grateful to the authorities at Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage on shoot. We are confident that Mewar will be proud of the film made on their revered queen. We do not want to hurt any sentiments and would appreciate if the local people support us in making this film and making their queen revered by the world,” concluded the statement.

sanjay leela bhansali beaten on the sets of padmavati

For those who have come in late, on Friday, Karni Sena activists entered the premises of Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur where Bhansali was shooting for Padmavati and attacked the crew and damaged property. Reason? Distortion of historical facts, they say. While his team tried to protect SLB, a blow landed straight on the cowering, unarmed, filmmaker.

Bollywood condemned this horrific incident. While celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt, Karan Johar took to social media to express their anger, Sonam Kapoor put out an Instagram post of an old tweet of PM Modi where he has spoken about art having no boundaries, and said it’s a gentle reminder for him to stand up for the industry now.

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