Film industry has come together to condemn the attack on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the shooting of his directorial venture Padmavati in Jaipur calling it “appalling”, “ridiculous” and “mockery of democracy”.
Bhansali, was shooting for his new film in Jaipur’s Jaigarh Fort, when he was assaulted by activists of a Rajput community group, Karni Sena, who also vandalised the set. Celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Omung Kumar, Sudhir Mishra, Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor took to social media to vent their anger over the incident.
“Thoughts of what has transpired with Sanjay Bhansali today are just not leaving me!! Feeling helpless and angry!! This cannot be our future! Attacking a filmmaker and his right to free voice is no answer. So called historian and moral police! Disgusting!” Johar tweeted.
Kashyap also exhorted the industry to unite. “Can once the whole film industry come together and take a stand, and refuse to be a pony that all bullshit and bullshitters ride on? “At the same time Shame on you Karni Sena, you make me feel ashamed to be a Rajput.. Bloody spineless cowards…,” he said.
Hrithik said he is “enraged” while Farhan Akhtar also urged the industry people to unite and give it back to the “vulgar display of self righteousness”.
Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) also condemned the attack and requested the government to take immediate action.
Veteran producer-director Ram Gopal Varma expressed angst against the government for not ensuring safety of artists. “Narendra Modi, I don’t know when ur ache din will come but Bhansali incident makes me feel India’s days going back to heights of burey din. Bhansali is an artiste and if any country cannot protect its artistes from street hooligans it doesn’t deserve to be called a country,” he tweeted.
President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India Mukesh Bhatt said, “The most unfortunate thing is that we filmmakers and creative artistes live in a house of glass. We are always scared that anyone can come and hit a stone and nothing will be done about it. There is nothing done for our protection.”
Veteran actor Rishi Kaporo said he is with the filmmaker, “How do you take justice in your hands without knowing what the facts are. Shameful! So much for Karni Sena’s reputation. With you Sanjay!”.