The shoot of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film on Rani Padmavati came to a halt on Wednesday when a mob attacked the set near Panhala in Kolhapur district, damaging antique costumes and properties. The Maharashtra government announced it will upgrade security for the unit working on the movie
Private security guards reportedly told the police that a group of about 50 people hurled petrol bombs at the set at midnight, which led to a fire that was brought under control almost an hour after the incident. Bhansali’s production company has lodged an official complaint. Deepak Kesarkar, minister of state for home, made the announcement, while cultural affairs minister Vinod Tawde said the film-makers should be careful while making movies on historical subjects. “Film-makers should follow some restrain. They must ensure that their movies are less on fiction and more close to reality,” he said.
According to the complaint, the attackers had covered their faces with cloth. The police said the attackers had used beer bottles in the attack.
A few animals, mainly horses, were injured in the attack. The film’s team was assessing damages till late in the afternoon.
No organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Police are investigating the case though no official complaint was filed. Bhansali is reportedly in Panhala, a hill station near Kolhapur. He is yet to respond to the incident.
Panhala police inspector Dhanyakumar Ghodke confirmed that attackers used petroleum bombs.
“We have formed a few teams to arrest them,” he said.
Some bottles containing petrol and soda were recovered by the police from the site.
This is the second attack on Bhansali’s film set.
Shooting was disrupted a few months ago in Jaipur when Karni Sena members damaged cameras and other shooting equipment and even assaulted the filmmaker for wrong portrayal of Rani Padmavati in the movie.
Several members of the film fraternity had expressed their anger at the incident and asked the community to stand together.
Kolhapur IG Vishwas Nangare-Patil visited the site in the evening. The police will provide round-the-clock security for the crew.