Padmavati Under Attack Again, Kolhapur Set of Bhansali’s Period Drama Torched

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After being attacked by Karni Sen in Jaipur and facing backlash by Hindu Sabha, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has again been attacked. This time by a fringe activist group in Kolhapur.

Some fringe activists hurled petrol bombs on the film set in Kolhapur on Wednesday morning while filming was underway. This is the second time in three months that Padmavati shooting has come under attack. As of now, no injuries have been reported.

In January this year, Karni Sena assaulted the crew members over alleged distortion of facts in Padmavati on the sets of Jaipur. They had raised an objection to a romantic dream sequence between Allaudin Khilji and Rani Padmini. Later, Bhansali cleared the air and stated that no such scene was being shot and eventually got a go- ahead by Shri Rajput Karni Sena.

Padmavati, is a fictionalised account of the life of Rani Padmini, a legendary queen mentioned in Padmavat and 1303 siege of the Chittor fort in Rajputana by Alauddin Khilji, the Turkic ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. According to Padmavat, Khilji led the invasion motivated by his desire to capture the beautiful queen Rani Padmini, the wife of Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Mewar. However, Rani Padmini sacrificed herself even before Khilji could enter her fort.