Recently, the protesters in Jaipur stalled the shoot of Padmavati and also attacked the film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The protests allege that the film’s story shows Rani Padmavati in a bad light but the makers of the film have denied such allegations and they have released an official statement on the incident.
Here’s the statement:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shot two films in Jaipur and despite his love for Rajasthan, for the safety of his crew, we have decided to stop the shoot and leave the city post the shocking incident where miscreants damaged property and misbehaved with the crew on the shoot of ‘Padmavati’.
SLB had directed the opera ‘Padmavati’ to packed houses in Paris and worldwide praises for it. He was inspired by the beautiful and courageous queen and is making a feature film on the story. We clarify that there is no dream sequence or any objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji.
We have been carefully researching and making the film. In spite of this, the attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur. We are grateful to the authorities of Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage on shoot. We are confident that Mewar will be proud of the film made on their revered queen. We do not want to hurt any sentiments and would appreciate if the local people support in making this film and making their queen revered by the world.