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'Padmavati' sets vandalized, Sanjay Leela Bhansali assaulted in Jaipur

Jaipur: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, maker of iconic films like Bajirao Mastani and Ram Leela, was assaulted by activists of a Rajput community group who also forced halting shooting of his movie 'Padmavati' by vandalising the set at Jaigarh Fort, slapping him and also tearing off his clothes.

They alleged that the director was "distorting facts" and showing the Rajput Queen Padmavati in bad light.

Police said it had detained five persons for disturbing peace even though no complaint was received from Bhansali's side.

The incident happened when the film, in which Deepika Padukone is playing 'Padmavati' and Ranveer Singh is playing 'Alaudin Khilji', was being shot at the historic fort, eyewitnesses said.

The activists of Karni Sena gathered at the site and demanded stoppage of the shooting. They stormed the set and damaged some chairs and other objects, forcing stoppage of the shooting.

After the incident, the director decided not to go ahead with the shooting in the state.

"We had warned the filmmakers against presenting wrong facts. When we came to know about the shooting, we gathered there and protested. Besides the Karni sena activists, there were several other people who had gone there to watch the shooting. Someone from the mob slapped him and pulled his hair," district president of Karni sena Narayan Singh claimed.

"There was a protest and the issue was settled after both the parties held talks," said DPC North (Jaipur) Anshuman Bhomia.

He said no FIR was lodged by anyone but five persons have been detained by the police for disturbing peace. The filmmaker has said he will not go ahead with the shooting plans here and he will pack up, Bhomia said.