After Jaipur attack, ‘Padmavati’ set in Kohlapur put on fire


After Jaipur attack, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ set was again vandalised. The set was put on fire by some unidentified person in Kolhapur on Tuesday and Wednesday night. The film set was completely burnt down to ashes but there were no reports of any injuries.

ANI tweeted#Visuals: Sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati vandalised and torched by unknown people, last night in Kolhapur."

Earlier this year, ‘Padmavati’ sets in Jaipur was vandalised by a group of Karni Sena activists and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked, slapped.

About 50 costumes of the junior artists were burnt to ashes. Following the incident, costume designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula of  ‘Padmavati’ are in deep shock. 

Calling the incident "unfortunate", Rimple says both she and Harpreet are heart-broken as they could never imagine something like this could happen.

"Something so unfortunate has happened because of illiteracy in our country. There is so much hard work that was put into making the clothes. We will work day and night and make up for the damages, but morally we are are very low. We are broken sentimentally. For creative people like me, Harpreet and Mr Bhansali, it is very shocking," Rimple told PTI.

Rimple says she fails to understand why people are against the film despite the assurance by the makers that the film is not distorting history.

"The CEO and Mr Bhansali have released so many statements saying that there is nothing in the film which is distorting history. But still some sections don't understand."

"There has been a huge monetary loss. Almost all the junior actors costumes have been burned to ashes. As far as seniors are concerned, I am yet to get a check on that. I am unable to contact too many people because the network is bad in Kolhapur", Rimple was quoted as saying. 

Rimple says she has deliberately not spoken to Bhansali about the incident as he is going through a lot emotionally.

"Mr Bhansali was recuperating from the Jaipur incident and then this happened. He held himself strong and continued this shoot. He never anticipated something like this to happen," she says.

The designer says because of such incidents, there will be a considerable delay in the films shooting.