Bollywood outraged over attack on Bhansali in Jaipur


The whole of Bollywood was appalled after a group of protestors assaulted filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Rajasthan’s Jaipur on Friday. The protestors belonging to Rajput Karni Sena also vandalised the sets of ‘Padmavati’ and damaged equipment at the Jaigarh Fort, where Bhansali was filming the period drama.

Top personalities of the film industry, including veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and several others expressed outrage at the incident and came out strongly in Bhansali’s support.

Speaking to an agency, Benegal said that violence is never the right approach and there is always a civilized way to deal with things. “You can have different views about incidents in history and that’s another matter that people can also feel aggrieved. But to take the law into your hands and attack a person like this is simply not done.”

“If you have a dispute with Bhansali’s facts and figures then you should come up with your own facts. That is the civilised way of dealing with it. These attacks are meaningless. The film industry will come together and definitely take up this matter,” the critically acclaimed director said.

The protestors have alleged that Rajasthan’s history has been distorted in ‘Padmavati’, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Aditi Rao Hydari. The hashtag ‘#IStandBySLB’ started trending on Twitter post the incident.

Karan Johar took to Twitter and wrote, “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!! Having been through many instances of turmoil during a film shoot or release…i understand Sanjay’s emotion at this point…I stand by him.”

Farhan Akhtar posted, “My fellow film folk, if we do not unite now against these recurring incidents of bullying, it's going to get much worse. #IstandbySLB I'm waiting to see how many people are punished for what they've done to #SanjayLeelaBhansali & his crew. There's enough evidence.”

“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?? At the same time Shame on you Karni Sena, you make me feel ashamed to be a Rajput.. bloody spineless cowards ..,” tweeted Anurag Kashyap.

Hrithik Roshan, who worked in Bhansali’s ‘Guzaarish’, tweeted, “Did random people enter another persons workplace n raise their hand on him because dey decide dey don't like what he does? I am enraged!!! Mr. Bhansali , Sir. I stand with you. This is so infuriating!!!! [sic]”

Priyanka Chopra wrote, “It's appalling to hear what happened to #SanjayLeelaBhansali .im so saddened..Violence is not what our forefathers taught us..”

“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!” said Mahesh Bhatt.

Anushka Sharma wrote, “Appalled & horrified by what happened on SLB set.NO amount of diff of opinion or disagreement justifies this pathetic behaviour. Shameful!”

Farah Khan tweeted, “#Horrified Just whn u think it can't get worse.. it does!now 2 see what action is taken against the people who did this 2 sanjay Bhansali!!”

"What happened on Padmavati sets is appalling and heinous. Is this the state of the world," tweeted Sonam Kapoor

Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane too showed her support by tweeting “SLB” with two broken heart emojis.