Sanjay Leela Bhansali was beaten up in Jaipur at Jaigarh Fort by Rajput activists for allegedly showing Rani Padmavati in poor illumination.
SLB’s period drama ‘Padmavati’ has been in the news for the controversy it has triggered over the central character’s, Rani Padmavati, depiction in the film.
The director has now cleared the air that the Queen from medieval era has no dream sequence or romantic scene with the tyrant Alauddin Khilji who was obsessed with her.
In the light of recent Kolhapur vandalism that occurred along the sets of ‘Padmavati’, SLB said, the movie will reach the people of Mewar proud.
He continued, and also ascertained that he is sensitive towards the feelings of Rajputs and will not exert his freedom of expression to tarnish the reputation of Padmavati.
“As an artist, I too believe in the freedom of expression, but I'm too mindful of the responsibility that comes along with this exemption.
We do not mean to offend the sentiments of any residential area and can confidently say that Mewar will be proud of the movie. My squad and I have come across with some of the Rajput leaders, who, upon receipt of our clarification, have agreed to affirm us and have also signed our letter and promised cooperation in support of the fashioning of the movie.
I trust this lays to lie all the misconceptions regarding the film… My team and I have carefully explored every aspect of information available on Rani Padmavati for making the movie.
There was never any alleged romantic scene, a dream sequence or imaginary song between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in the script. I reiterate, there NEVER was and NOR is in that respect any such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji,” alleged the National award-winning director.
Earlier this month, the set of ‘Padmavati’ in Kolhapur was burnt down.
This incident occurred two months after SLB was beaten up at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur while shooting with the secondary form of the movie. A few activists from the Karni Sena organization had accused him of showcasing their Queen in poor light and vandalized the set.
“The sets of Padmavati in Kolhapur in Maharashtra region witnessed an unfortunate incident, when certain miscreants attacked the film’s set and set it on fire in an attempt to damage the property.
A complaint has been filed to investigate this matter further, but we are grateful that there has been no loss of life or harm to anybody on the set. While, thankfully the incident occurred after we had wrapped our shoot for the day and all the artists, cast and crew were safely away; unfortunately, around 70 – 80 percent of costumes and jewellery for the movie have been destroyed,” he added.