Painter dies on Padmavati sets, Deepika Padukone expresses grief

The painter fell from a height while working on the sets of the film in Mumbai’s Filmcity.

Keyur Seta

In a tragic incident, a painter lost his life on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati after meeting with an accident. Named Mukesh Dakia, he was painting on the sets of the film at Mumbai’s Filmcity when the incident took place. He was 34. 

According to the police statement, while he was painting the set, he fell from a height of five feet on his head. He was rushed to Kokilaben Hospital in Andheri, where he was declared dead. The accidental death report was lodged at the Aarey Police Station in Goregaon (east). 

There are reports about the flouting of safety norms on the sets. But a detailed investigation is going on, reports of which would be out later. Shobha Sant, the CEO of Bhansali Productions, expressed grief and said, “What took place was extremely unfortunate and completely unforeseen. We are making every effort to help the victim and we grieve the death of the deceased.” 

Deepika Padukone, the lead actress of Padmavati, also shared her condolences on the tragic incident on Twitter. She wrote, “Shocked and saddened by the news...may his soul rest in peace and my most sincere condolences to his family...” 

This is not the first time such an accident has taken place on the sets of Bhansali’s films. The last time it happened was during the shoot of Goliyon Ki Raas Leela: Ram Leela (2013) when a light man fell from a height and was injured badly.