Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati‘ is in news once again! If reports are too believed, the new set constructed in Kolhapur has now been set on fire.
A close source informs, “Around 30-40 unidentified men set fire to an under-construction set at Mhasai, Panhala Kolhapur last night. Around 20 security guards involved in a physical fight with these unidentified men. The police is currently on the set in Kolhapur. The shooting was going on for the past 10 days.”
The film’s sets were attacked at 10.30 pm on Tuesday and according to reports, animals were present on Padmavati sets when they were set on fire and a horse is said to be badly injured. None of the film’s cast or crew was there at Kolhapur’s Masai plateau on Tuesday night where the sets have been erected.
About 40 to 50 people reached the sets of the film armed with petrol bombs, stones and lathis. They allegedly fought off the bodyguards and bouncers who were present at the sets. The security was beefed at the sets in the light of Jaipur incident. Before setting the venue on fire, they also damaged the cars parked around the sets.
Earlier in January, activists of Shree Rajput Karni Sena protested against and misbehaved with the crew of Padmavati in Jaipur’s Jaigarh Fort. They also damaged some cameras and other equipment, forcing Bhansali to stop shooting. Since then the film has been on a hiatus, and have been contructing a new set in Kolhapur.
Padmavati tells the story of Alauddin Khilji, the medieval-era Delhi ruler, who fell in love with Rajput queen Padmavati. Actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor star in the film.
While the reports suggest that Bhansali is safe and has rushed to the sets, the shooting has been stopped till further notice. In Padmavati, Deepika plays the titular character while Shahid plays her husband Raja Rattan Singh. Ranveer essays the character of Alauddin Khilji.