On Friday evening, members of the Rajput Karni Sena landed on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama, Padmavati in Jaipur's Mehrangarh Fort and vandalized the film's set before proceeding to assault Bhansali.
The shooting of the film starring Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, and Deepika Padukone was stalled and the cops were called to bring the situation under control.
The Karni Sena damaged the sets to protest against the film which they believe depicts Rani Padmavati in a negative light.
Here is the video of the brazen assault:
A unit hand who HuffPost India spoke to said that the situation on the sets remains tensed but the crew is planning to resume the shoot soon as the local police have assured protection.
Meanwhile, Bollywood stars took to Twitter to condemn the shocking attack, slamming the Rajput Karni Sena, for acting in the way they did.
Karan Johar, who faced the wrath of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena during the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, tweeted:
Am appalled at what has happened with Sanjay Bhansali....this is the time for all us as an industry to stand by our people and fraternity!!— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27, 2017
Having been through many instances of turmoil during a film shoot or release...i understand Sanjay's emotion at this point...I stand by him.— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27, 2017
Who has made these 'gundas' the upholders of my country's morality and history .. my India is not so parochial #SanjayLeelaBhansali— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) January 27, 2017
Anyone who truly values their history doesn't attack, they study. They don't care about history, they want headlines. #SanjayLeelaBhansali— Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 27, 2017
What happened on Padmavati sets is appalling and heinous. Is this the state of the world.— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) January 27, 2017
Shocking! Appalling!! Despairing!!! And still, we shall not stop making what we want to!!— Ashutosh Gowariker (@AshGowariker) January 27, 2017
Sanjay stay strong! I am with you! #Padmavati
It's a movie guys. You get that? Let me say it again, it's a movie! Get over your shit! Really upset to hear about Sanjay Leela Bhansali.— Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) January 27, 2017
Can once the whole film industry come together and take a stand, and refuse to be a pony that all bullshit and bullshitters ride on??— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 27, 2017
Appalled & horrified by what happened on SLB set.NO amount of diff of opinion or disagreement justifies this pathetic behaviour. Shameful!— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) January 27, 2017
While it's rare for him to make sense, Ram Gopal Varma had something worthwhile to say this time around.
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