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SS Rajamouli and Karan Johar offer support to Bhansali post Padmavati vandalism

Baahubali director SS Rajamouli and producer Karan Johar spoke about the recent attack on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati.

bollywood Updated: Mar 16, 2017 19:30 IST
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The sets of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali film’s film Padmavati which were attacked and set on fire at Masai plateau in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.(PTI)

Filmmakers Karan Johar and SS Rajamouli came out in support of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali following the vandalism on the set of his film Padmavati in Kolhapur.

Bhansali had faced a similar problem in January when members of Rajput Karni Sena disrupted the shooting of Padmavati in Jaipur and allegedly misbehaved with him.

Johar, who was targeted during the release of his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, said what happened to Bhansali was “deeply saddening”.

“It is deeply saddening to me as a filmmaker, as a human being and as a citizen of our prestigious and wonderful country that we have to endure something like this. All my support, thoughts, ideologies are with Sanjay,” Johar said at the trailer launch of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion here.

“Every time I read something like this, it really saddens me. We at our own level at the producers guild are with Sanjay and his entire cast and crew. We hope adequate measures can be taken to ensure something like this never happens to another filmmaker again,” Johar, who is presenting the Hindi version of Rajamouli’s film, said.

The set of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati which was vandalised by unidentified persons at Masai plateau in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. (PTI)

Rajamouli said freedom of speech is a fundamental right and as an artiste, Bhansali should have the liberty to realise his dream.

“... he is an artist and should be able to express his views. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right of the people of this country and any artiste, any filmmaker should be able to express his views,” Rajamouli said at the trailer launch.

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First Published: Mar 16, 2017 19:27 IST