Bhansali beaten up, sets dam­aged

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Mem­bers of the Karni Sena on Fri­day al­legedly at­tacked film-maker San­jay Leela Bhansali and van­dalised the sets of his up­com­ing movie, Pad­ma­vati, at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur. The mem­bers ac­cused the mak­ers of the film of dis­tort­ing his­tory. “We have learnt that the film-mak­ers are por­tray­ing the film as a love story be­tween Alaud­din Khilji and Pad­mini, which is a bla­tant dis­tor­tion of his­tory. That is why we stopped the shoot­ing and told the mak­ers that we won’t let them con­tinue un­less they make changes,” said Narayan Divrala, district pres­i­dent, Karni Sena.

Large num­bers of peo­ple ow­ing al­le­giance to the Ra­jput youth out­fit reached the fort on Fri­day and dis­rupted the shoot­ing. “We had learnt that a few in­ti­mate scenes be­tween Alaud­din Khalji and Pad­mini were part of the film and it is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. On Fri­day morn­ing, when mem­bers of Karni Sena went to the Jaigarh Fort, an ar­gu­ment hap­pened and some peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the shoot­ing party opened fire on air which ac­cel­er­ated the ten­sion,” al­leged Lo­k­endra Singh Kalvi, founder, Karni Sena.

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