Mumbai, March 15 (newsin.asia): The sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati were set on fire by a fringe group in Kolhapur, the historical capital of Maharashtra.
According to Times of India, reports claim that a group of 30 to 50 people were involved in this incident. They attacked the sets at 10.30 pm on Tuesday, s.ting it ablaze with torches and petrol bombs. Allegedly, they managed to make their way through the bouncers and bodyguards present.
The cast and crew were not on the sets at the time and are safe. However, there were animals on the sets and a horse was ‘badly injured’.
A complaint was filed on Wednesday after which a few suspects had been taken into custody.
This is not the first attack on the set of Padmavati. Two months ago, when the film was being shot in Rajasthan, filmmaker Bhansali was assaulted by members of Karni Sena for “presenting wrong information about Padmavati, a Rajput princess and tarnishing the history of their ancestors.
The activists interrupted the shoot and vandalized the sets till the police came and took control of the situation.
When news of the incident broke, the Bollywood fraternity couldn’t help but tweet in disgust. Many are beyond shocked and horrified by the event.
Deepa Mehta, who was shooting Water in the holy city of Varanasi was attacked by Hindu fanatics for portraying the life of widows. Mehta had to shoot the John Abraham and Seema Biswas starrer at Bolgoda lake south of Colombo in Sri Lanka.
(Deepika Padukone in the Bollywood historical Padmavati)