Watch: Padmavati set in Kolhapur blazed by unidentified men, Sanjay Leela Bhansali safe
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati is in the news again. It is now being reported that a new set constructed in Kolhapur has now been set on fire.
Sources from Firstpost Hindi have revealed that close to 50-60 unidentified men set fire to an under-construction set in Kolhapur last night, on 14 March. Around 20 security guards around the set have also been involved in a physical fight with these unidentified men.
“The sets of Padmavati in Kolhapur in Maharashtra region witnessed an unfortunate incident last night at around 12.30am, when certain miscreants attacked the film’s set and set it on fire in an attempt to damage the property. A complaint has been filed to investigate this matter further, but we are grateful that there has been no loss of life or harm to anybody on the set. While, thankfully the incident occurred after we had wrapped our shoot for the day and all the artists, cast and crew were safely away; unfortunately, around 70 – 80 percent of costumes and jewellery for the movie have been destroyed," said a company spokesperson of Bhansali Productions.
The police is currently on the set in Kolhapur, however, a case has not been filed as of now. Here are some pictures from the set, as sourced by Firstpost Hindi.
Sources from IBN Lokmat have informed Firstpost that a hoard of men attacked the set between 12:30 to 1 am at night, and used petrol bombs. A lot of antique props have completely been burned down. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is currently on the set in Kolhapur, and reportedly doesn't want to lodge a complaint. He has been shifted to a spot near a fort in Panhala, reports Hindustan Times.
The fire was ablaze till 4 am in the night, post which is was doused. There we 6 horses on the set as well, one of which has been severely injured on the back. NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad has condemned the act.
Padmavati set torched in Kolhapur : We condemned such attack and demand immediate action by Maharashtra govt, says Jitendra Awhad
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Earlier in January, activists of Shree Rajput Karni Sena protested against and misbehaved with the crew of Padmavati in Jaipur's Jaigarh Fort. They also damaged some cameras and other equipment, forcing Bhansali to stop shooting. Since then the film has been on a hiatus, and have been contructing a new set in Kolhapur.
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. The Jaipur controversy occured as Karni Sena protestors had an issue with the alleged scene in the film that would see Padmavati and Allaudin Khilji getting intimate.
Padmavati was first staged as an opera in Paris by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2008. This is its big screen adaptation.
Bhansali's previous film — Bajirao Mastani — too was embroiled in protests over historical accuracy.
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