Miscreants set fire to Bhansali's ‘Padmavati’ sets in Kohlapur

Around 40-50 unidentified men have set fire to the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film ‘Padmavati’ in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, where the film was being shot. The men attacked the set with torches and petrol bombs, causing great damage to it.  

The incident took place at around 2 am at the Masai Pathar near Kolhapur. Police reached the spot today morning (March 15) with fire engines and brought the fire under control. The search to nab the culprits is on.

The incident comes just a month after the attack in Rajastan’s Jaipur. A group of men belonging to Rajput Karni Sena had assaulted Bhansali and vandalised the sets of the period drama, damaging expensive equipment. The protestors claimed ‘distortion of history’ by the filmmaker.

Bhansali, who started shooting the movie at the Jaigarh Fort, shifted the set to Kohlapur following the incident. He had even spruced up the security around the set.  

Meanwhile, it is reported that Bhansali is safe, but the shooting of the film has been stalled till further notice.

‘Padmavati’ stars Deepika Padukone in the titular, Ranveer Singh plays the grey-shaded character of Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji, while Shahid Kapoor will essay the roler of Rani Padmavati’s husband Rawal Ratan Singh. It also stars Aditi Rao Hydari as Kamla Devi, wife of Alauddin Khilji.