Mumbai: After the Jaipur incident, similar incident took place in Kolhapur where the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati was set on fire by an unidentified persons on Tuesday night. The whole film set is said to be completely burnt into ashes.
According to the media reports, the film’s sets were attacked at 10.30 pm on Tuesday and 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. It is said more than 40 to 45 unidentified people reached the sets on Tuesday night and started fighting with the bodyguards and bouncers present on the sets. The group then allegedly started attacking the film sets with petrol bombs and stone of which it caught fire and burnt into ashes.
On the next day, a complaint was filed in Kolhapur after which police have arrested few people and were taken into the custody and investigating the matter further.
A group of around 15-20 people came to the set between 1 AM and 2 AM today, they said. They allegedly set on fire the costumes of the film and also torched the fodder kept for the horses, said Senior Police Inspector Dhanya Kumar Godse of Panhala Police Station.
In the month of January, Bhansali and his crew were attacked while shooting for Padmavati at the Jaigarh Fort and the sets were vandalised by some activists of the Karni Sena. The activists reportedly protested and manhandled the crew following which the shooting of the film was shifted from Rajasthan. Certain fringe Rajput outfits have claimed that the film has a dream sequence where Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji will be seen in an intimate position. However Bhansali and his production house have dismissed the reports and said no such scene exists.
The film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor is being shot in Mumbai as well. 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.