Since the time Padmavati was announced, it has been in news due to some or the other controversy. Almost every Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are considered to be magnum opus because of its incredible starcast, lavish sets or any history-related controversy linked to the movie.
Padmavati is no different. Based on the life of Rani Padmavati (played by Deepika Padukone) of Chittor, Rajasthan; this movie was first in the news due to the speculated starcast, then the rumours was doing rounds that Ranveer Singh is considering to not do the film due to the long 90-day fixed shooting schedule; then a national rage broke out when the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped in Jaipur by a “group of people” (we are standing by our decision) just because they speculated that he has changed the facts and MAYBE Rani Padmavati is shown in bad light. Really, people?
Yesterday, around 2 a.m. in the night at Masai Pathar near Kolhapur, where the shoot of this movie is on-going; and unidentified group of people burned down the whole set. Police reached the spot early in the morning on March 15 with fire engines and the fire was brought under control. Reports suggest that a group of 30-50 HOOLIGANS attacked the set with torches and petrol bombs, heavily damaging it. The search to nab the culprits is still on but, do you even realize the amount of damage and the waste of money that has happened because of all this?
To let you in another piece of news, Maharashtra’s Cultural Minister, Vinod Twade has given a statement that “Filmmakers should be in there limits and not make the films so fictional and it should be close to reality. And, even if this happens, both the parties (filmmakers and the vandals) should just sit down and talk about it. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are mostly based on Historical events and these films have a difference of opinion in the society; so people should just sit down, debate and come to a conclusion.”
We have already told you that how the industry and a filmmaker work when an idea of making a movie on any historical event emerges. And, to Mr. Vinod, when it comes to “discussion between the two parties” as you speak, can you please explain that how can anyone, we repeat, ANYONE expect somebody to sit and talk normally when such faceless, nameless people are coming in the night and burning down the sets? And, if you aren’t aware, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has already signed a written agreement due to the previous chain of incidents; that he has not changed the facts and not shown Rani Padmavati in bad light; why did this even happen?
So, according to our analysis, Padmavati was the easiest way for such vandals to gain publicity. It has been always in the headlines, why not just vandalize the sets and become famous? To the producers of the film, when you know that controversies are continuously happening, why not pay for a proper security and keep your money and the whole team safe?
iKarmik says, first up, the police and the administration need to provide apt security for film sets, especially given the fact that the entertainment industry ends up giving huge taxes. Moreover, there are paid security options available privately as well as through the administration and the makers of Padmavati should have already considered these before the first act of vandalisation. Secondly, in this case; now that two of the anti-social elements are under the authorities, their name will obviously come in the light and they will gain unnecessary publicity as they wished for. A quick message to the whole media fraternity, these hooligans do such acts to gain publicity and we end up giving it to them! Can we all pledge to refrain from stating their names? Because when the naming stops, the acts will also do!