A group of activists from Shree Rajput Karni Sena forced stopped the shooting of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next directorial venture titled Padmavati by vandalising the set at Jaigarh Fort, of Jaipur and also assaulted him. The video of crime has been going viral on social media platforms. B-town celebs have strongly condemned the act. Actors including Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan, Nimrat Kaur have tweeted out in support of the filmmaker. #SanjayLeelaBhansali and #IStandWithSLB have been trending on social media ever since.
Popular filmmaker Vikram Bhatt is enraged over the sad incident. “We who belong to the films, live in glass houses. We are always scared that at anytime someone can pelt a stone at us. My blood is boiling but sadly we are not able to do anything.” he told Bollywoodlife. Shree Rajput Karni Sena activists had a problem with a few ‘rumoured’ scenes in the script of the film. They protested against ‘distortion of historical facts’, and the it soon turned violent. Sanjay Leela Bhansali had to be escorted out by police to a safe zone.
Vikram is not the only filmmaker who has raised a concern over the incident. “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 posted on Twitter. “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,” Johar, who recently faced the ire of a right wing organisation during the released of his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, said. Also Read: Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan, Karan Johar – More actors react to attack on Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap also exhorted the industry to unite. “Can once the whole film industry come together and take a stand, and refuse to be a pony that all … ride on? At the same time Shame on you Karni Sena, you make me feel ashamed to be a Rajput.. bloody spineless cowards…, (sic)” he said. Also Read: Padmavati shoot gets ugly! Protesters try to BEAT UP Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Jaipur – watch video
Veteran producer-director Ram Gopal Varma expressed angst against the government for not ensuring safety of artists. “@narendramodi I don’t know when ur achchey din will come but Bhansali incident makes me feel India’s days going back to heights of burey din Bhansali is an artiste and if any country cannot protect its artistes from street hooligans it doesn’t deserve to be called a country,” he tweeted.
Padmavati is a period drama which stars Deepika Padukone in the titular role of Rajput queen Padmavati and features Shahid Kapoor as Raja Ratan Singh. Ranveer Singh is essaying the role of Alauddin Khilji, the medieval-era Delhi sultan, who falls in love with Padmavati. The film is scheduled to release in November this year.
(with inputs from PTI)