JAIPUR: Strongly condemning the vandalism and assault on the sets of his film “Padmavati” here, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Saturday said the incident was “uncalled for” and extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city.
The National award-winning director was roughed up by members of a Rajput community group on Friday, who also stopped the shooting of the film by damaging the set at Jaigarh Fort, alleging that the director was “distorting facts” in the movie which is about Alauddin Khilji’s obsession with Rani Padmavati.
In a statement, Bhansali said that keeping in mind the safety of the film’s crew, he decided to stop the shooting of the film post the “shocking” incident.
“Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shot two films in Jaipur and despite his love for Rajasthan, for the safety of his crew, we have decided to stop the shoot and leave the city post the shocking incident where miscreants damaged property and misbehaved with the crew on the shoot of ‘Padmavati’,” it said.
Bhansali has earlier directed the opera “Padmavati”, which opened to packed houses in Paris and received glowing response. It was then that he decided to make a film on the courageous queen.