An official statement from the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s team has been released! The team has decided to stop the shooting and leave the city. Ever since the news of Padmavati sets being vandalised has surfaced, there has been an uproar in the industry. B-town is mighty upset with the whole incident and has asked for necessary actions to be taken by the state of Rajasthan and the government immediately. According to reports, the Karni Sena of Jaipur created a ruckus on the sets of Padmavati by breaking expensive equipment and damaging the place. Some of the protesters also marched towards the national Award winning filmmaker and attacked him. A video of the same even surfaced on social media and has since gone viral. Although for quite sometime, the crew was shaken by the incident and chose to keep mum, they’ve finally released an official statement on the same. (ALSO READ – Sanjay Leela Bhansali cancels shooting of Padmavati in Jaipur post the vandalism)

Statement –

“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’. 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. 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.”

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh stayed mum, as did the others related to Padmavati. However, they soon spoke up and clarified the air around the film, stating how the film has not distorted any history in their film. Deepika for the first one to tweet, “In a state of shock!deeply saddened and disheartened by yesterday’s events!#Padmavati” her tweet stated. She assured that there is no distortion of facts, “As Padmavati I can assure you that there is absolutely no distortion of history.#Padmavati” And concluded the tweet with, “Our only endeavour is & has always been to share with the world the story of this courageous & powerful woman in the purest form there is.” Even Ranveer and Shahid tweeted our their concerns and clarified the air around the film and the controversy it has been embroiled in. (ALSO READ – Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati row: After Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor also react to the Jaipur incident)

Stay tuned to this space for more updates on what’s next for Padmavati.