This is the second incident on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film' Padmavati ' since January when his set was vandalised by some unidentified persons on Tuesday between wee hours.
Approximately 20 unidentified people torched the costumes and the animal feed meant for the horses in the period drama film besides destructing the sets as well, said the police. The miscreants have damaged and torched the dress materials, costumes, shoes, expensive drapery and the wooden logs and planks that was required to recreate the medieval India sets which has been reduced to ashes . The estimated loss is over Rs. 4 crore. Most of the material was packed in metal suitcases.
Besides torching the costumes and the animal feed they have also tried to burn the vehicles of the crew members . Fortunately the horses were not hurt as they have damaged the two pandals including the one where the horses were housed.
The Maharashtra Minister of State for Home, Deepak Kesarkar said, the crew shooting for this film will be provided special police protection
Shobha Sant, the CEO of Bhansali Productions has thanked the Maharastra Police for their quick and efficient support and a complaint has been filed against the miscreants.
Padmavati ' starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone is half way through the film with the shooting at Mhasai Pathar when a group of 20 odd miscreants came on the sets between 1 and 2 am.
The reason behind this protest is not yet known. In January this year, the shooting of the film was stalled once before by the members of the group called Karni Sena who had allegedly assaulted Sanjay Leela Bhansali and had tried to vandalise the sets at the Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur.
The same group had earlier this month vandalised the sets in Padmini Palace in Chittorgarh Fort , a Unesco World Heritage site in a broad day light. The Heritage mirrors that is said to be traditionally displayed is the one which Khilji is said to have been allowed the glimpse of the queen Padmavati.
The group had protested against the 'wrong facts' essayed in the film specifically of the love scenes between the legendary Rani Padmavati of Chittor and Sultan Aladdin Khilji, the Second dynasty to rule. Bhansali however has dismissed this news but had called off the shooting at the fort.