Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in controversies ever since the film’s shoot started. The film, that was slated to release on December 1, has now been postponed voluntarily by the makers. The film has received a number of threats from political and religious organisations as they believe the film’s content to be objectionable and it misrepresents India’s history. While the filmmaker has assured that there would be no dream sequence between Khilji (played by Ranveer) and Rani Padmini (played by Deepika), the controversies seem to have no end.
The film’s trailer and the first two songs are out but various organisations have pointed out various “misrepresentations” that have been shown in the footage so far.
The film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles is said to be inspired by an epic poem, “Padmavat” but the director of the movie Bhansali has a different tale to tell. He says that he got inspiration for the movie and for Deepika’s role from 1966 film Amrapali.
Here’s a timeline of the controversies that have surrounded the film, Padmavati:
Accident on the sets: A painter who was working on the larger than life sets of the movie fell from the height of five feet in December 2016. Sanjay Leela Bhansali tried to compensate for the accident and Deepika too expressed grief on the demise of the man.
shocked and saddened by the news…may his soul rest in peace and my most sincere condolences to his family…?
— Deepika Padukone
Vandalism on sets in Jaipur: In January 2017, the sets of the movie at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur were destroyed by the members of Karni Sena who staged an angry protest against the director of the movie Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Protesters entered in large numbers and started getting violent with Bhansali. Even as his team tried to shield him and take him to safety, the mob unleashed its fury on the defenceless director and slapped and assaulted him. Their next target was the costly film equipment which was smashed on the ground. The incident halted the shooting of the movie for days.