‘Padmavati’ row: Bhansali’s effigy burnt in Mumbai (Watch video)


After manhandling Sanjay Leela Bhansali and damaging ‘Padmavati’ sets in Jaipur, followed by torching of film’s set in Kohlapur, now the protesters have burnt the effigy of the filmmaker in Nallasopara, near Mumbai.

The incident happened on Saturday and the protestors, said to be belonging to Karni Sena, screamed slogans that they will not allow the film to release. A video of the incident has also surfaced on internet.

In the wee hours of Wednesday (March 15), at about 2 am, about 40-50 unidentified people set fire to the sets of Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ in at the Masai Pathar near Kolhapur. They attacked the set with torches and petrol bombs, causing great damage to it.

Earlier in January, activists of Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and vandalised the sets of the period drama when the crew was shooting for the film at Jaigarh Fort in Rajasthan’s Jaipur. The attackers alleged that Bhansali had distorted historical facts in the movie.

Karni Sena state president Mahipal Makrana claimed that the movie depicts love scenes between Rani Padmini of Chittor and Alauddin Khilji. However, the makers have repeatedly denied any such scenes in the movie. Bhansali had even shifted the shooting location from Rajasthan to Maharashtra.

Deepika Padukone, who plays the titular role of Rani Padmavati, too has assured that that is no such scene in the film, but the protests and attacks against the filmmaker and his movie doesn’t seem to end.

The two attacks have already caused a lot of financial loss to the makers.

Also starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, ‘Padmavati’ is scheduled to release in November this year, but if such attacks continue, it is unlikely that the film will make it in time.