Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati film set was vandalized and set on fire by an unidentified group in Kolhapur, Maharashtra who oppose the film. Props and costumes have been damaged and the fire was reportedly doused early morning yesterday. No casualties or injuries have been reported. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is safe and sound. Kolhapur police stated that around 10 to 20 people vandalized the set the night earlier and set fire to the props. Stones were pelted at the cans and cars parked at the location. No case has been registered yet. "The set is spread across nearly 50,000 square feet and a group of unidentified persons set it on fire around 1 am," an official told the media.
Padmavati has been filming around Kolhapur since March 6 and the shoot was to end on March 20. Maharashtra's Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar said that the film crew had been asked to file a complaint. "We have decided to give them security at night also," Mr Kesarkar said, explaining that the crew had not asked for security.
This is the second case in 3 months when the sets of the film have been attacked. In January, Bhansali was assaulted while filming at Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur by a Rajput group called Karni Sena.
Last week, the Chittorgarh Fort was vandalized and mirrors in at the Padmini Palace were broken.
Padmavatistars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. Shahid Kapoor plays Padmini's husband Ratan Singh.
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