Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of a Karni Sena at the city’s historic Jaigarh Fort on Friday. They also damaged some cameras and other equipment, forcing Bhansali to stop shooting. The mob even beat up Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The protesters said that they were ‘not happy with the distortion of facts in Padmavati’. “We had earlier requested him (Bhansali) to show us the script which he did not do. We are against distorting of historical facts and we know that he has distorted historical facts,” Vivek Singh of Karni Sena told IANS.
“The movie depicts love scenes between Rani Padmini of Chittor and Alauddin Khilji. This is an outrageous distortion of Rajasthan’s history as Rani-ji immolated herself along with the other women of the fort when they heard that Khilji was marching ahead to take over the fort,” Karni Sena state president Mahipal Makrana said, adding that “jauhar (self-immolation)” by the queen of Chittor was an act of bravery that was “well-established” in the state’s history books. “We will not allow anyone to peddle lies and cheat with the honour and dignity of idols at any cost (sic),” he added.
Police set up a meeting between Bhansali and the Karni Sena after the incident. “Bhansali said the Sena’s allegations were unfounded as the movie did not depict any such scene between the two. We asked Bhansali if he would like to file and FIR, but he refused,” added a senior official who was part of the meeting.
Bhansali is now safe and police has taken control of the situation.
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