Despite all the controversies, the filming of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (SLB) Padmavati is progressing as planned.
While the film seems to have the perfect cast…Deepika Padukone as Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Rana Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was turned down by several Bollywood A-listers (male actors) when he was in the process of casting for the film.
SLB approached several top actors, but all the big stars rejected the film as they felt it was a female oriented film movie with Deepika in the lead. Some of them were willing to work provided SLB was willing to change the title to make it sound less like a woman-centric film, but the director did not budge.
No mobile phones allowed on Padmavati film set
After a film fan club managed to get a picture of the lavish set erected in Film City, lead actor Shahid Kapoor is ensuring that the film set turns into a no-phone zone.
“Shahid Kapoor is trying to set an example by depositing his phone with the security guard as soon as he arrives for shoot. Usually, actors are accompanied by their managers, who take calls on their behalf. But Shahid doesn’t believe in that practice. Moreover, he doesn’t want any distractions,” says unit hand says.
Padmavati Film Controversies
Padmavati’s film set in Kolhapur was attacked, losses estimated to be around Rs 4 crore.
Besides the set, lavish costumes of the actors (Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone) were gutted in the fire. Valuable antiques and vehicles were also burnt.
A large number of camels, elephants and horses were also present at the venue in Kolhapur (to shoot a battle scene). Luckily for the filmmakers, only one horse was grievously injured.
Kolhapur police have registered an offence under Section 436 of IPC (mischief by fire or explosive with intent to damage house), rioting and arson.
30-odd hooligans carried out a midnight attack (hurled petrol bombs) on the lavish set of Padmavati near Kolhapur (Maharashtra), forcing the makers of the film file a police complaint. This is the second such attack on the sets of Padmavati. Earlier the Jaipur set was also attacked.
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Activists stormed Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati film set in Jaigarh Fort (Jaipur), vandalized the set and even slapped the director Bhansali.
Activists of the Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) beat up Bhansali because they were outraged that the film had love scenes between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, respectively. They demanded that Bhansali delete any such scenes.
Rajput Karni Sena had also protested during the shooting of Jodha Akbar.
“Kya Sanjay Leela Bhansali ki haisiyat hai Germany jaake Hitler ke khilaf film banane ki?”. (Does Sanjay Leela Bhansali have the courage to make a movie in Germany portraying Hitler in poor light) – Lokendra Singh Kalvi of Rajput Karni Sena
The Padmavati tale has never been proven or recorded in history. It was an allegorical poem (and not a retelling of history) written by 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhamad Jayasi. The poem is about a Rajput queen who decided to immolate herself instead of becoming the wife of the Delhi sultan, Alauddin Khilji.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Akhilesh Khandelwal from Madhya Pradesh, has offered a reward of Rs 10,000 to anyone who slaps ‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali with a shoe…for trying to “distort history”. He said that it was his “responsibility to rein in such forces”. Akhilesh, put the offer on Facebook where he has over 10,000 odd Facebook followers.
Lot of people are concerned that top Bollywood actors & celebrities have not voiced their concern over the incident.
When the film industry stays silent during such controversies and even hobnob with the leaders of these political parties (Kalvi and Rajput Karni Sena, Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Nirman Sena, Bajrang Dal), instead of coming out against absurd demands by them, more such incidents are likely to emerge in future.
Many also feel that there was no need for Deepika Padukone to clarify, “As Padmavati I can assure you that there is absolutely no distortion of history”. Because these small political parties latch on to such things, and get an opportunity to tell the filmmakers what to shoot.
“If you Bollywd ppl will just talk on Twitter without taking proper action then today SLB has got slapped n tomorrow you all will get slapped,” Kamaal R. Khan.
Bollywood voices their angst against this incident…
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput dropped his surname on social media platform Twitter as a mark of protest against activists of Rajput organisation Shree Rajput Karni Sena, who misbehaved with the crew of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film “Padmavati” and vandalised the set.
Karan Johar, “Having been through many instances of turmoil during a film shoot or release…i understand Sanjay’s emotion at this point…I stand by him…Am appaled at what has happened with Sanjay Bhansali…this is the time for all of us as an industry to stand by our people and fraternity!!”
Anurag Kashyap, “Hindu extremists have stepped out of twitter into the real world now…and Hindu terrorism is not a myth anymore.”
Anurag’s comment on Hindu terrorism wasn’t taken well by many. And thats when one tweeted, “@anuragkashyap72 hey buddy let me give you free advice “stop sleeping with @karanjohar”. Karan (who usually doesn’t lose his cool) didn’t like it and replied with, “Let me give you some better advice!! Start sleeping with someone!!! You frustated F*ck!!!”
Shabana Azmi: “I condemn the reprehensible attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Is it a mere coincidence that the attack on the film Water many years ago was also in a BJP ruled state? The guilty must be punished and the film industry should stand firmly together and do whatever it takes to ensure that such an incident is never repeated. This has reached flash point.”
Prasoon Joshi: “I condemn what happened with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He is a stalwart and a gentle soul. Violence can never be the solution. The idea of democracy is not to feed the animal in us but to nurture human values.”
Sudhir Mishra: “It’s about time the film industry stands up together and demand justice. When you slap Sanjay, you slap all of us and we should not take it lying down.”
Rakesh Roshan: “Very very shocking and uncalled for behaviour. If anyone had a grievance things could have settled in a dignified way. I am with Sanjay all the way.”
Shekhar Suman strongly condemned the attack on the set of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, saying “These heroes should be put behind the bars at least for 10 years. They think they are thekedar (contractors) of our society and trying to make history. A film is made with a lot of research work. If there was any disagreement that could be sorted out in a proper discussion.”
Shah Rukh Khan also reacted to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati row, but he was politically correct. Check out this video which shows SRK’s response to the SLB incident. Post your thoughts in the comments below and stay hooked with us for more.