Nearly 60 members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena attacked Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and damaged his crew’s equipment at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur where Bhansali was shooting his upcoming Hindi movie Padmavati.
Police informed the media that the organisation was protesting against the portrayal of Queen Padmavati in the film. “About 60 men, affiliated to Shri Rajput Karni Sena, reached Jaigarh Fort around 1 pm and indulged in sloganeering. They were unhappy over Rani Padmini’s portrayal in the film. They claimed that the film has intimate scenes between the queen and Alauddin Khilji,” Narendra Kumar, SHO of Amer police station, was quoted as saying in a report by the Indian Express.
“We have come to know that the film will have a shoddy and inaccurate portrayal of Rani Padmavati. In the film, Alauddin Khilji has a dream sequence with Padmavati. However, in reality, the Rani committed Jauhar (self-immolation) to escape Khilji; such was her character. Despite highlighting this again and again, Bhansali and his crew were permitted to shoot in Jaigarh. Hence we had no option but to protest,” Sukhdev Singh, national president of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, was quoted as saying in the report.
“Over a month ago, we sent a letter to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje through the Jaipur district administration, over our concerns. However, no action was taken,” Sukhdev Singh went on to add.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali Assault Video
In one of the attack videos, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is seen being attacked by protesters. The crew around him try to protect Bhansali, but some manage to hit him, and even abuse him. They go on to break equipment from the set.
Following the incident, Karni Sena’s founder-patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi, DCP North Anshuman Bohmia and Bhansali had a meeting. “I submitted that the shooting should be stopped in Rajasthan. Second, the personal, real life relations between Ranveer and Deepika should not be played up on the pretext of romance between Khilji and Rani Padmini, the characters they play in the movie. Third, history should not be distorted under any circumstance,” Lokendra Singh Kalvi demanded, claiming that Bhansali had agreed to the same.