The Maharashtra government announced that it has provided security at the shoot of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati after its sets in Kolhapur were vandalised and set on fire late just past midnight on Wednesday. Deepak Kesarkar, minister of state for home, made the announcement. He said an investigation was underway, adding, “The government has decided to beef up security on the set. One police officer and 12 constables have been deployed to provide security to the unit.”
Cultural affairs minister Vinod Tawde said that filmmakers should “show some restraint” while making movies on historical subjects. “Filmmakers should show some restraint. They must ensure that their movies are less about fiction and more about reality,” he said. He also advised Bhansali, who is also the producer of Padmavati, to resolve differences through mutual consent.
Unknown vandals attacked the sets of Padmavati at the Masai plateau in Kolhapur late on Tuesday night. Bhansali had shifted the shoot there after his sets in Rajasthan were targeted by the Karni Sena, a Rajput outfit, a few weeks ago.
“The incident took place around 1am on Wednesday. The attackers are yet to be identified but based on preliminary information from Bhansali’s crew, there were about 25 of them,” he added.
Kesarkar said that though the inspector general and superintendent of police had met with Bhansali and requested him to file a police complaint, the director was yet to do so.
Meanwhile, Tawde said, “Bhansali’s movies are based on history. There may be differences of opinion on such movies. The parties should resolve their differences by mutual consent.”
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