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Padmavati sets vandalised again! Sanjay Leela Bhansali unharmed 

The sets of Bhansali's Padmavati were vandalised for the second time on Tuesday. The director and his crew were reported to be safe. 

Shriram Iyengar

The curse of Padmavati continues to haunt Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Months after his sets in Jaipur were vandalised by protestors of the Rajput Karni Sena, the film's sets in Kolhapur have suffered the same fate. Reports have emerged that Padmavati's sets in Kolhapur were vandalised, and set on fire, by unknown criminals at 10.30 pm yesterday. The director and the cast were thankfully not present on the sets. 

Times Now news channel reported that around 40-50 goons attacked the sets and burned it to the ground. The report carried visuals of extensively damaged sets and props. The financial loss to the film has not yet been reported. The police has reportedly arrested some of the miscreants involved in the attack. 

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The attack follows previous such act of vandalism by the Rajput Karni Sena in Jaipur, who also assaulted the director, Bhansali. The attackers alleged that the film had a dream sequence where Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji are shown romancing. Bhansali and his production house have repeatedly assured that there is no such dream sequence in the film.

A statement released by the production house then 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.' 

The Rajput Karni Sena had taken back their protest after being assured that 'that the film will show no intimate scenes between Ranveer and Deepika.'

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Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. The film is based on the legend of Padmavati, the key character of the fictional poem, Padmavat, by the 16th-century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. 

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