The director of Padmavati was harassed and assaulted in Jaipur on the sets of his film by members of the Karni Sena.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali slapped on sets of Padmavati in Jaipur, industry unites in support
Mumbai - 28 Jan 2017 11:04 IST
Updated : 12:16 IST
National Award-winning filmmaker and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was assaulted in Jaipur on the sets of his film, Padmavati by protestors belonging to the Karni Sena on Friday. The director was slapped, cursed at, and pulled by his hair while he was shooting at the Jaigarh fort during the Rajasthan schedule of his film starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. The protestors stormed the sets and also vandalised film equipment.
The main objection of the protestors was over the alleged fact that the film shows the legendary queen Padmavati in bad light. Bhansali's film is a historical drama based on the story of Queen Padmini of Chittor who refused to submit to the advances of Allaudin Khilji during his invasion of Chittor. The protestors have alleged that there are love scenes between Rani Padmini, played by adukone, and Allauddin Khilji, played by Singh, in the film. It is not known whether Padukone or Singh were present at the sets during the scuffle.
The Rajput Karni Sena demanded that Bhansali delete these scenes, if any. A leader of the group, Narayan Singh was quoted by reports saying, "We had warned the filmmaker against presenting wrong facts. When we came to know about the shooting, we gathered there and protested."
The response from the Jaipur police has also been non-commital with a senior police officer, Anshuman Bhomia telling news agency PTI: "The filmmakers have assured that they will not shoot here and will pack up,"
As shocking as the incident is, it has earned a scathing response from the film industry. Prominent members of the industry took to social media to vent their frustration and disappointment at the incident. Karan Johar, who recently suffered threats of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena during the release of his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) said, "This is the time for all us as an industry to stand by our people and fraternity."
Am appalled at what has happened with Sanjay Bhansali....this is the time for all us as an industry to stand by our people and fraternity!!— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27, 2017
Director Mahesh Bhatt also voiced his opinion on Twitter. He tweeted in response to the news, 'U don’t beat an idea by beating a person.U beat an idea by beating an idea.This politics of violence is chilling free speech.Raise ur voice!'
U don’t beat an idea by beating a person.U beat an idea by beating an idea.This politics of violence is chilling free speech.Raise ur voice!— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) January 28, 2017
Actor-director Farhan Akhtar called for the industry to unite together to oppose such acts of violence. He tweeted:
My fellow film folk, if we do not unite now against these recurring incidents of bullying, it's going to get much worse. #IstandbySLB— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) January 27, 2017
Shocked appalled saddened !!! #IstandbySLB it's unfair to target us as an industry just because we take a dignified stand n stay quiet...— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) January 28, 2017
Sonam Kapoor, a protege of Bhansali, wrote that she was 'appalled' at the event.
What happened on Padmavati sets is appalling and heinous. Is this the state of the world.— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) January 27, 2017
Rishi Kapoor questioned if the protestors even knew the facts of the matter before indulging in such violence.
How do you take justice in your hands without knowing what the facts are. Shameful! So much for Karni Sena's reputation. With you Sanjay!— Rishi Kapoor -"Book" (@chintskap) January 28, 2017
Even Anurag Kashyap, reputedly not on good terms with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, spoke up against the violence.
Can once the whole film industry come together and take a stand, and refuse to be a pony that all bullshit and bullshitters ride on??— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 27, 2017
At the same time Shame on you Karni Sena, you make me feel ashamed to be a Rajput.. bloody spineless cowards ..— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 27, 2017
The last time the industry had united together to oppose the increasing censorship of Udta Punjab (2016). It will be interesting to see if a similar protest erupts now.