Sanjay Leela Bhansali calls off shoot after attack, 5 held

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked on the set of ‘Padmavati’ in Jaipur by Rajput Karni Sena for distorting historical facts. Bhansali called off the shoot after the attack and left the city with his team. Bollywood was taken aback by the unpleasant incident and stood for Bhansali and called for an inquiry. Celebs expressed their outrage over the incident.

In a statement, Bhansali said the incident was "uncalled for" and extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city. He further said that keeping in mind the safety of the film's crew he had decided to stop the shooting of the film post the "shocking" incident.

"... for the safety of his crew, we have decided to stop the shoot and leave the city post the shocking incident where miscreants damaged property and misbehaved with the crew on the shoot of 'Padmavati'," the statement read.

He refused the claim of the attackers and clarified that there is no intimate scene between between Alauddin Khiji, played by Ranveer Singh and Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone).  

"We clarify that there is no dream sequence or any objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. We have been carefully researching and making the film. In spite of this, the attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur."

Refusing to apologise, the attackers accused Bhansali's bodyguard of firing at its members on Friday.

"Despite several warnings and numerous requests to show us the script, Bhansali came to Jaipur to shoot a movie that depicts love scenes between Padmini and invader Alauddin Khilji. Even before we could speak to him, his bodyguard fired gunshots at us," Kalvi said. "There is nothing to apologise or to regret. I am sad that our history is being mocked at, we will better die than witness such blatant lies."

Five Karni Sena activists arrested on Friday for damaging the set but on Saturday they were released on bail.

Police said they are yet to get a complaint against a gunshot fired by Bhansali's bodyguard. "We have not come across any bullet mark so far," a police officer said.

Bhansali thanked the Jaipur authorities for their swift response.

"We are grateful to the authorities at Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage on shoot." 

He hoped that locals would be proud of the movie. "We are confident that Mewar will be proud of the film made on their revered queen. We do not want to hurt any sentiments and would appreciate if the local people support us in making this film and making their queen revered by the world."

In their defense, the Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi said in a conference,"I do not support any violence. The Karni Sena had gone there to oppose the shooting and talk to Bhansali. But he refused to meet and three bullets were fired in the air by his security men which led to provocation and commotion".