The controversial attack on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of Padmavati has not only left B-town fuming but also the cast of the film. As reported, a local organisation going by the name Karni Sena, created a havoc on the sets of the film in Jaigarh fort by vandalising it. The National award winning director was also assaulted by the crowd who beat him and tore his clothes. While the industry folks have come out in support of the director and have asked for immediate action to be taken, the cast of the film have been mum. We noticed that Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, have not reacted to the news. We have found out that the trio are in shock and have been told not to put their views forth on social media or speak to media on the same. The afflicted director has left the city and reports state that he might not return to shoot the film. The incident came as a shock not just to the filmmaker but also to industry folks when it broke out yesterday. (ALSO READ – Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati Row: Sonam Kapoor requests Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stand up for Bollywood)
For the second schedule of Padmavati shooting, all the actors were all set to join the director at Jaipur. Just yesterday, the female protagonist of the film, Deepika, had returned from USA, after completing promotions for her Hollywood debut, xXx: Return of Xander Cage. It was reported that the diva will mostly start shooting for the film on January 29, according to the Twitter handle of Bhansali production. All three actors were supposed to assemble for the second schedule at the Pink city. However, with this incident that has occurred, the location might be changed. DNA has reported, “Yes, according to recent reports, Bhansali has called off Padmavati shooting in Jaipur and is on his way back home. Although there have been no statement from Bhansali or his team, we are waiting to hear from them soon.”
This is not the first time that the filmmaker has received flak for his work, however, this recent incident is downright disgusting. The industry folks such as Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar and many more have raised their concerns and asked for strict and immediate action to be taken against the individuals responsible for the vandalism. According to reports, the activists of the local organisation, Karni Sena, are protesting against allegedly distorting the historical facts in the period drama. They claimed that Ranveer Singh recently mentioned about a love-making dream sequence between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati (played by Deepika Padukone). While the rumours were quashed by the CEO of Bhansali productions, the report was used as a means to attack the filmmaker, who was peacefully doing his work.
We wonder what the consequences of this incident is going to be and whether necessary actions will be taken against the accused members of the Karni Sena organisation. What are your thoughts on this, BollywoodLifers? Tell us in the comments section below. Stay tuned to this space for hot scoop and latest updates.