In another heartbreaking turn of events, an artist who has given us some of the most memorable movies in the history of cinema was attacked for using his freedom of expression.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. The film is an historical drama based on the story of Queen Padmini, who famously refused to submit to emperor Alauddin Khilji when he arrived at the Chittorgarh fort with his army and killed herself along with scores of other women before he could storm the fort.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team were set to shoot for the film in the Pink city of India, Jaipur and an angry crowd of protesters were spotted on the sets. They slapped the director and assaulted him because they did not agree with the way the movie would portray the characters. Narayan Singh, a group leader said, “We had warned the filmmaker against presenting wrong facts. When we came to know about the shooting, we gathered there and protested.”
Is this what we have come to as humans? Is violence the only option left with these self-proclaimed leaders of political parties? Bollywood came out in full support with their tweets to protest against the cruelty, stupidity and inhumanity of these leaders. Take a look –
Disturbed and saddened at what happened to #SanjayLeelaBhansali . Inaction will only embolden others….and that's Anarchy.
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) January 28, 2017
It's appalling to hear what happened to #SanjayLeelaBhansali .im so saddened..Violence is not what our forefathers taught us..
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) January 27, 2017
— Kartik Aaryan (@theaaryankartik) January 27, 2017
I'm waiting to see how many people are punished for what they've done to #SanjayLeelaBhansali & his crew. There's enough evidence.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) January 27, 2017
Thoughts of what has transpired with Sanjay Bhansali today are just not leaving me!! Feeling helpless and angry!! This cannot be our future!
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 27, 2017
Horrifying & Disgusting incident! Miscreants must be punished! We stand with you #SanjayLeelaBhansali Sir!
— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) January 27, 2017
Is this not intolerance???? Well don't expect us to be tolerant to this behaviour.I do hope the govt takes severe action here. #IStandBySLB
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) January 27, 2017
Shocked by the attack on #SanjayLeelaBhansali … Shame! These hooligans must be stopped .. who gives them the right to behave like this
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) January 27, 2017
Shocked. At all those tweets where ppl seem to be completely ok with the fact that violence is the way to handle things..
— Shreya Ghoshal (@shreyaghoshal) January 28, 2017
— Swara Bhaskar (@ReallySwara) January 28, 2017
— Kabir Khan (@kabirkhankk) January 28, 2017
— samar khan (@samarmumbaikhan) January 27, 2017
— Deepika Fan Club (@DeepikaHolics) January 28, 2017
Such violence and aggression towards Mr Bhansali for baseless rumours is shameful. #WeSupportPadmavati
— Deepika Padukone FC (@DeepikaPFC) January 27, 2017
RT if you stand with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Team Padmavati 🙋🏽#WeSupportPadmavati
— RanveeriansWorldwide (@RanveeriansFC) January 27, 2017
Just saw that video of those guys attacking Sanjay Leela Bhansali, wtf is wrong with people?
— Rohan (@mojorojo) January 27, 2017
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) January 28, 2017