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No objectionable dream sequence between Padmavati, Khilji: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office

The makers are sure that the people of Mewar would be proud of Padmavati the film. 

Keyur Seta

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati has been embroiled in a massive controversy. The hooligans of Rajput Karni Sena assaulted the filmmaker and vandalised the film’s set in Jaipur on Friday. As per their claim, the film allegedly distorts history and shows Queen Padmavati in poor light. They also believe that the film has an ‘objectionable’ dream sequence in the film featuring Padmavati. 

Bhansali’s office has now issued a statement and assured that the film has no objectionable dream sequence or anything that can be called controversial. “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shot two films in Jaipur and despite his love for Rajasthan, for the safety of his crew, we have decided to stop the shoot and leave the city post the shocking incident where miscreants damaged property and misbehaved with the crew on the shoot of Padmavati.”

The statement also said that Bhansali has already directed a play on the same story in Paris. “SLB had directed the opera Padmavati to packed houses in Paris and earned worldwide praise for it. He was inspired by the beautiful and courageous queen and is making a feature film on the story.”

The statement further said, “We clarify that there is no dream sequence or any objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. We have been carefully researching and making the film. In spite of this, the attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur.”

Despite the shocking incident of violence, the makers are confident that the people of Mewar would appreciate the film. “We are grateful to the authorities at Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage on shoot. We are confident that Mewar will be proud of the film made on their revered queen. We do not want to hurt any sentiments and would appreciate if the local people support us in making this film and making their queen revered by the world,” the statement concluded. 

Ajit Andhare, COO of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures also assured that the film doesn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments. “The incident that took place on the sets of Padmavati is shocking; Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a veteran with an acclaimed body of work. We stand by him and our film which is a celebration of the Rani and what she represented. We truly don’t wish to hurt the sentiments of any person or community. We didn’t expect this,” he added.