Sanjay Leela Bhansali backs down, says film won't have objectionable dream
The statement released on behalf of Bhansali said that the entire crew of Padmavati is grateful to the authorities at Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage.
The makers of the film Padmavati on Saturday said that there is no dream or objectionable sequence between the characters of Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji and the added that the assault on the film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was "uncalled for".
"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 leave the city post the shocking incident where miscreants damaged property and misbehaved with the crew on the shoot of Padmavati," read on official statement released on behalf of Bhansali.
"SLB had directed the opera Padmavati to packed houses in Paris and earned worldwide praise 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... The attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur," the statement added.
It also said that the entire crew of Padmavati is "grateful to the authorities at Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage. "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 us in making this film and making their queen revered by the world," it read.
On Friday, members of a Rajput outfit, Karni Sena, entered the shooting scene at the Jaigarh Fort and manhandled Bhansali, slapped him and tore his shirt. They even misbehaved with the crew and actors and criticised the National Award-winning director for 'distorting' history in the film about Delhi sultan Alauddin Khilji, who fell in love with Rajput queen Padmavati.