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Unknown miscreants vandalised ‘Padmavati’ sets in Kolhapur; set abaze the property hurting animals present there.

Unfortunately, about 70-80 % of the costumes and Jewellery for the movie have been destroyed

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New Delhi, March 16, 2017: These days, India is maintaining the accounts of tragic and severe clashes between different ideologies, where each of them is proving to get a hold on another to emerge out as superior to all. This latest battleground provided to this ongoing ‘battle between ideologies’ is the entertainment sect of our society, where this battle is turning bloody and murky passing each day. The phenomenon of taking offenses from almost everything has penetrated the threshold of Bollywood and gearing up to contaminate the whole culture of ‘freedom in arts’. Yet again, the sets of “Padmavati” witnessed this vague vandalism.

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Months after director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked on the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur, the film’s sets were vandalised and set on fire in Kolhapur on Tuesday night in a fresh case of vandalism. The film’s sets were attacked between 1 and 2 am on Wednesday and according to reports, animals were present on Padmavati sets at the time of the incident and a horse is said to be badly injured. None of the film’s cast or crew was there at Kolhapur’s Masai plateau on Tuesday night where the sets have been erected.

Bhansali Production issued a statement which read, “Filed a complaint against miscreants who vandalized our costume & jewelry and set it on fire Padmavati. No loss of life, no one seriously hurt on vandalized shoot of Padmavati.”

According to police, a group of about 20 people stormed the film sets bteween 1 and 2 AM on Wednesday. “Bhansali had asked police protection during the day which was provided. However, the set was not provided protection during the night,” said Mahadev Tambade, SP, Kolhapur to Indian Express.

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena in Rajasthan which earlier enacted the similar sort of vandalism over the cast and crew of Padmavati and SLB Productions has hailed the “Hindutva Organisation” behind the incident.

We salute the Hindutva organisation which vandalised the sets of the film. It was undertaken by a like minded people organisation and we have been in touch with them,” said Mahipal Singh, state president of Shri Rajput Karni Sena.

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In between all these incidents of vandalism done in the name of promoting a specific ideology, the objectivity of the state is crucially demanded, which is unfortunately could not be seen till now.

The regressive nature of these acts actually provide mileage to the offenders and shame to the victims. Despite being the victim, Bhansali and his prduction team officialy issued their apologies and clarified their stance of portraying the historical characters in the movie as accurately as described in the History. The Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will be a work of fiction not the documentary, so the portrayal of the characters in the movie relies totally on the makers of the movie, which should not be hindered by any political or social group.

The trial of (political or social groups) their offenses should at least keep patience till the release of movie that is offending them.

The mileage SRKS gathered with the Bhansali incident in Jaipur inspired them to step a foot further in their vague vandalism.

On March 5, SRKS also destroyed two mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in protest against a legend associated with Padmini. According to legend, Padmini’s face was shown to Allauddin Khilji in these mirrors. “Our warnings were ignored by district administration. In script too, Shobha Sant (CEO of Bhansali Productions) had insisted on a scene where Khilji sees Rani Padmini in the mirror,” said Mahipal Singh.

The state’s silence and reticence over this issue is questionable largely as it’s encouraging the Shri Rajput Karni Sena to spread their venom more aggressively.

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The inaction of states over SRKS is adding to the misery of Bhansali camp. “Unfortunately, about 70-80 % of the costumes and Jewellery for the movie have been destroyed. Few animals who were present when they attacked are severely injured, said a spokesperson for Bhansali Productions to Indian Express.

 

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

 

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Deepika Approaches Smriti Irani Against Attack on ‘Padmavati’ Rangoli

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Deepika Approaches Smriti Irani Against Attack on 'Padmavati' rangoli. Wikimedia

Surat, October 20: Actress Deepika Padukone on Wednesday urged Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to take action against the attackers who ruined artist Karan Ks rangoli depicting a poster of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” here.

“Absolutely heartbreaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork! Disgusting and appalling to say the least,” Deepika tweeted, along with photographs showcasing the before and after of the “attack”.

“Who are these people? Who is responsible for their actions? For how long are we going to let this go on? Allow them to take law into their own hands and attack our freedom and right to individual expression time and again,” questioned the actress, who essays the title role in the historical drama.

Deepika then tagged Irani and wrote: “This has to stop now and action must be taken! Smriti Irani.”

ALSO READDeepika Padukone Paid more than Ranveer for Padmavati

On October 15, Karan tagged Deepika on the micro-blogging site and wrote: “A crowd of 100 people cried Jai Shri Ram and rubbed out my 48 hours intense work!”

The artist also shared two photographs on social media. In one image, he can be seen making a rangoli inspired by the poster of the film, while the other shows the artwork completely vandalized by attackers.

“Padmavati” also features Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

In the film, Deepika plays the role of Rajput queen Padmavati, while Shahid will be seen as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer will essay the role of Alauddin Khilji.

During its production, the film witnessed many ups and downs.

Earlier this year, activists of Shri Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and vandalized the movie’s Jaipur set over alleged distortions in the film’s script.

They were forced to move to Maharashtra to continue shooting. Still, an outdoor set of the historic period drama in Kolhapur was burnt down after two dozen unidentified people torched it.

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena has maintained it will oppose screening of the film if the facts are “distorted”.

“Padmavati”, presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions, is set for a December 1 release. (IANS)

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Deepika Requests Smriti Irani To Take Action Following Padmavati Rangoli Vandalism

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Deepika tweeted with a photograph featuring the simple logo Source: Twitter

New Delhi, October 20: Deepika Padukone has requested the Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani to take action against culprits who destroyed a rangoli featuring her as Rani Padmini of her upcoming film Padmavati.

One member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and four members of Rajput Karni Sena were arrested for vandalizing the rangoli prepared by a local artist at the Rahul Raj Mall on past Sunday. The artist took 48 hours to make the rangoli and posted a picture of it on Twitter. Police arrested the perpetrators on the basis of a video footage displaying men shouting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ as they destroyed the rangoli.

Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma requested mall owners to come forward and file a case against those who do such wrongdoings. “We have arrested five persons, four of them belonging to outfit Karni Sena and one from the VHP. More persons are likely to be arrested as the video footage recovered by us shows 8-10 persons involved in the activity,” Sharma said.

“I also want to make it clear that the police will deal with strictness against any such action. Freedom of expression is everyone’s right in a democracy, but vandalism will not be allowed,” he said.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been facing a lot of hostility since its inception. Bhansali was attacked last year by members of Karni Sena who claim that history is being distorted in Bhansali’s film. The same group burnt posters last month featuring Deepika, Shahid, and Ranveer. They have also warned to thwart the screening of the film if facts were twisted. The movie is scheduled to release on December 1, 2017.

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Chittorgarh Fort: The Magical Setup Of Padmavati, How To Reach there?

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Chittorgarh Fort. Wikimedia

The upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial ‘Padmavati’ has incited a lot of interest amongst fans to know more about the Rajputana royalty and Chittorgarh fort.

The Chittorgarh fort, built in the 7th century is the highlight of the town Chittorgarh. The place was originally called ‘Chitrakut’.

Some believe that the fort has been named after a local Mauryan king Chitranga; whereas, some say it was built by ‘Bhima’ of Mahabharata.

The kings, queens, culture and the Rajputana royalty is what the fort is mostly known for. Padmavati’s magic has created major interests in people to travel up to the place.

ALSO READ: After Knowing The History Of Chittorgarh, You Will Fall In Love With Padmavati!

How To Reach Chittorgarh Fort?

By Air

Maharana Pratap airport, situated in Udaipur is the nearest airport to the Chittorgarh fort.

Maharana Pratap airport, situated in Udaipur is the nearest airport to the Chittorgarh fort. It is 22 km from Udaipur city. From airport, you could easily book cabs and taxis to the fort.

By Train

Train journeys in India
Train journeys in India are always a part of the best travel experiences. Pixabay

A train is much more convenient than a plane when traveling to Chittorgarh. You don’t need Udaipur as your midway destination to reach Chittorgarh. The Chittorgarh Railway Station serves the town. The services are connected to Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, and Delhi. The fort is only 5-6 km away.

By Road

NH 27 National Highway Rajasthan Udaipur
NH 27 National Highway Rajasthan Udaipur Chittorgarh Road. Wikimedia

Chittorgarh town has good road networks. It is well connected to major expressways and lies along the Golden Quadrilateral. You can catch buses for Mumbai, Kota, Udaipur, Ajmer, Delhi, and several other cities. Many good lodges and hotels can be found near the bus depot.