Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped and his hair was pulled on the sets of his film Padmavati in Jaipur by protesters who alleged that the film shows a much-celebrated Rajput queen in poor light.
Members of the Rajput Karni Sena stormed the film’s sets at the historic Jaigarh Fort and assaulted Mr Bhansali. They also vandalized equipment.
Padmavati is a historical drama based on the story of Queen Padmini. The protesters alleged that the film has love scenes between Queen Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. The Rajput Karni Sena has demanded that Mr Bhansali delete such scenes in the film if any.
“We had warned the filmmaker against presenting wrong facts. When we came to know about the shooting, we gathered there and protested,” said a leader of the group, Narayan Singh.
The Jaipur police has been quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying that Mr Bhansali has decided to stop filming in the area. “The filmmakers have assured that they will not shoot here and will pack up,” senior police officer Anshuman Bhomia told PTI.
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