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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's diktat: No cellphones for Ranveer, Shahid, Deepika on Padmavati sets

The sets of Padmavati has become a guarded fort. 

Keyur Seta

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is currently busy shooting his ambitious project, Padmavati. The film stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor. This is Bhansali’s next after the successful and critically acclaimed Bajirao Mastani (2015). It is based on Alauddin Khilji and his attraction for Padmavati, the queen of Raja Ratan Singh of Mewar. 

The filmmaker is always known for keeping his actors’ look and sets guarded. For Padmavati, he believes it is all the more important to keep details about is film hidden before release. Few months ago, there were cops around the entrance of a studio inside Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios stopping anyone from going or even peeping inside. 

Now, as per the latest development, Bhansali has tightened the security even further around the sets. In fact, he has turned the studio into a fort. According to a source from the sets, the filmmaker has even banned cellphones. “Sanjay has increased the security on the shoot. No camera or camera phones are allowed inside the sets. Even actors are not allowed to carry their mobiles on sets,” said the source. 

The source further informs that Bhansali has big plans in introducing the characters of Kapoor and Padukone, who play Ratan Singh and Padmavati. “Sanjay is planning a very unique way to introduce the look of Raja Ratan Singh Rawal of Chittor and the Queen of Chittor and their looks are outstanding,” the source added. 

Padmavati is to be released on 17 November this year.