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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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