The sets of Padmavati have been attacked twice and it’s rather unfortunate that such an incident happened again. The first time members of the Karni Sena vandalised the sets of Padmavati was in Jaipur a couple of months ago. And just when we thought that everything had calmed down, the members of the same Karni Sena attacked the sets of the film yet again in Kolhapur this time. And this was done even after Bhansali Productions clarified it officially that there was no romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alaudin Khilji. This time, the filmmaker himself has come out in open and cleared the air about the misconceptions that everyone seems to have about his film.

In a statement to Bombay Times, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, “There are too many misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding my film, Padmavati. I feel the need to clear the air once and for all. Padmavati is a film about a revered Rajput Queen and her valiant fight for honour and dignity . It’s a film that every Indian will be proud of. (ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor can’t wait to get back on Padmavati sets)

My team and I have care fully researched every aspect of information available on Rani Padmavati for making the film. There was never any alleged romantic scene, dream sequence or imaginary song between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in the script. I repeat, there NEVER was and NOR is there any such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji.

While we have clarified this multiple times across various media platforms, the vandalism against the film deeply pains me. This violence is unjustified and not acceptable as it is merely based on hearsay , allegations and accusations, and not on facts. As an artist, I too believe in the freedom of expression, but I’m also aware of the responsibility that comes along with this freedom. We do not intend to hurt the sentiments of any community and can confidently say that Mewar will be proud of the film. (ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone REACTS to news of attacks on the sets of Padmavati)

My team and I have met with some of the Rajput leaders, who, upon receipt of our clarification, have agreed to support us and have also signed our letter and promised cooperation in support of the making of the film. I hope this puts to rest all the misconceptions regarding the film. I take this opportunity to thank the film fraternity and the media, who have constantly spoken in support of the film and protested against any kind of violence/ vandalism against artists and their freedom to express.”

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— Shobha Sant (@ShobhaIyerSant) March 27, 2017

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, Padmavati is slated to release by the end of this year.