After Padmavati, ad film set vandalised for creating Pakistan in Jaipur
An ad film set was vandalised in Jaipur on 25 April for recreating Pakistan in the city to shoot an advertisement.
Indian Express reports that a Mumbai-based production house was in the city to shoot for Volkswagen Polo, where they had put up sign boards in Urdu on some local buildings, temp and areas, when an outfit vandalised their set by destroying the banners and the set completely. They were shooting in Chandni Chowk near City Palace.
The signboards read: 'Welcome to Lahore' and 'Karachi Chai Wala' and 'Lahore Sweets' to give a feel of being in Pakistan.
None of the crew makers wanted to elaborate on the incident, and case has yet to be filed. 40 members of an outfit titled Darohar Bachao Samiti, one that claims that they work on the conservation of local temples, allegedly destroyed the sets. One member was quoted saying that this hurt their religious sentiments and they wouldn't allow it.
This incident happens months after the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati was vandalised in Jaipur by members of Karni Sena who were opposing an alleged scene in the film which shows Rani Padmavati in an intimate scene with Allauddin Khilji. Bhansali has since then denied the existence of such a scene in his film, however, his set was vandalised yet again in Kolhapur by another local outfit.
Padmavati tells the story of Alauddin Khilji, the medieval-era Delhi ruler, who fell in love with Rajput queen Padmavati. Actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor star in the film. Bhansali's previous film — Bajirao Mastani — too was embroiled in protests over historical accuracy.