Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ongoing production, Padmavati, has attracted a lot of trouble owing to the supposed presence of a dream sequence having Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji (getting intimate) in the film’s script.
Although Bhansali has asserted that there is no such sequence in the film and the historians have maintained that Padmavati was never a real person, as reported by the Indian Express, a certain Rajput group insists on taking offence to the possibility of an affair between their Queen and a Mughal ruler which they insist is going to be there in the film.
Let’s give you a little background: What is Padmavati’s story?
A 16th-century poet, Malik Mohammad Jayasi, wrote a poem titled Padmavat which contained a tale about how Alauddin Khilji was so smitten by Rani Padmini (also known as Padmavati) of Chittor that he launched an attack on the Kingdom of her husband, Rawal Ratan Singh.
Now, there are several versions of the legend, true or not, we can’t say.
Anyway, so the offensive dream sequence which has stirred up a lot of trouble for Bhansali caused him another rough experience (after the one he had in Rajasthan) in Kolhapur where the shooting was underway near Panhala Fort.
Around 50-60 people entered the sets at 10.30 pm on 14th March 2017, vandalised the property and set it on fire, reported the Indian Express.
While no harm to any person or Bhansali himself has been reported, a harm to the production and the art of filmmaking has surely been done. Bhansali had shifted the shoot from Rajasthan to Kolhapur to shoot without obstruction only to face it again. The shooting has been suspended for now.
The Kolhapur police are currently on the lookout for the culprits.
News Source: Indian Express