Sanjay Leela Bhansali was assaulted today when factions opposed the plot of his upcoming Padmavati, starring Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. Rajput Karni Sena protestors attacked the sets on the grounds that the movie was historically inaccurate and showing the Rajasthani queen in a bad light. The director was slapped and his clothes were torn and his hair was pulled in the chaos that ensued, even as his security fired in the air to stop the assault. Photos of the assault show the protesters threw around shooting equipment. Bhansali had to eventually call the police to ensure the safety of his sets. It is not known so far whether Shahid and Deepika were harmed during the assault. The film is currently being shot in Jaipur at the Jaigarh Fort, according to a report on NDTV.
The protesters claimed that the movie showed a sex scene between Deepika’s character of the Rajput queen and Ranveer Singh’s character the emperor Alauddin Khilji. Padmavati famously took her own life to avoid the emperor’s advances and the alleged misrepresentation of history in the film enraged members of the Sena. Whether the aforementioned scenes are actually in the movie are unknown. However, the Sena has warned Bhansali to remove any scenes beforehand, if he planned to include them in the final cut of the movie.
Padmavati was earlier in the news when sketches for Deepika Padukone’s look for the film was leaked. Ever since then, Bhansali ordered extra security on the sets to ensure that no more secrets of the film go out. However, these measures apparently weren’t enough to keep the protesters off the sets. Bhansali’s earlier project, which also stared Deepika and Ranveer, faced protests on grounds of being historically inaccurate.