Padmawati Hit and Run
Source: Dainik Bhaskar

The rift between the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the Rajput Community apparently have been solved. The team Padmavati has released a statement that the representatives of Bhansali Productions Private Limited, including Ms Shobhna Sant (CEO) and Mr Chetan Deolekar (Associate Producer) met with the office bearers of all the social organisations under the Shree Rajput Sabha in Jaipur.

Last week when Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked on the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur by members of Karni Sena and the film set got vandalised, he packed up from Jaipur and declared of not shooting any further in Jaipur. This incident elicited strong support from the film fraternity for Bhansali, calling for an end to ‘goondagiri’ and ‘politics of silence’. According to the workers of Karni Sena, the director was to shoot a love scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji in Jaipur; which they protested and thereafter staged a protest against it.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Source: TOI

The makers, however, waived off the rumours stating it a clear misunderstanding. The content of the film has been clarified and there is no romantic scene or song or dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. They have been researching the facts of Padmavati and careful in not distorting them. The representatives also added that the president of Shree Rajput Sabha, Shri Giriraj Ji Lotwara have been extremely helpful in bringing the various Rajput organisations including Karni Sena, Sangh Shakti, Pratap Foundation, Bhawani Niketan together to clarify this.

Well, this is not the first time that Bhansali is facing protest over title and content. Be it Ram-Leela or Bajirao Mastani, each time it has ended up raising the hackles of culture’s self-appointed custodians. It can be an unfortunate coincidence or occupational hazard. Padmavati starring, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, tells us the story of the Delhi ruler of the medieval era, Allauddin Khilji who fell in love with Rani Padmavati of Chittorgarh.

Now that the row has been put to an end, we hope that the shooting of the film gets into full swing without any further hindrance.