JAIPUR: The shooting of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical drama Padmavati was on Friday stalled by activists of a Rajput group who created a ruckus and tried to vandalise the set at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur, alleging “wrong facts” were being depicted in the movie.
While the shooting of the film, starring actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, was underway, activists of Karni Sena assembled at the Jaigarh Fort and held a demonstration.
Some of them also tried to vandalise the set.
Certain media reports indicated that the filmmaker was slapped and his hair was pulled by the activists who claimed there are love scenes between the two characters played by Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
In the movie, Deepika plays ‘Padmavati’ and Ranveer ‘Alaudin Khilji’.
“We had warned the filmmaker against presenting wrong facts. When we came to know about the shooting, we gathered there and protested,” said district president of Karni sena Narayan Singh.
Padmavati or Rani Padmini was the wife of King Rawal Ratan Singh of Chittor and was widely known for her beauty. It is believed that the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji, attacked Chittor in the 14th century AD after been smitten by her beauty.
The Rajputs are believed to have put up a tough fight but they lost to the Mughal warriors. Following this, the royal women committed Jauhar or self-immolation to protect their honour.
In view of the trouble, the filmmaker decided not to shoot the movie here, police said.
Even as the film’s shooting was under progress, an activist Vikram Singh said the film is presenting incorrect facts about Padmavati.
“Our basic protest is about the distortion of historic facts which will not be tolerated,” he said. Singh alleged that a security guard opened fire in the air which created panic. However, police denied the allegation.
After the shooting was stalled, Bhansali and his team members talked to the Karni Sena and assured them that their demands would be looked into.
“The filmmakers have assured that they will not shoot here and will pack up,” DCP North Anshuman Bhomia said.
He indicated that there was no report of firing and no FIR has been lodged by any party so far.