Indian leader announces reward for anyone who attacks Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Karan had acted in Anurag's 'Bombay Velvet'

A Bharatiya Janata Party leader has announced a reward of Rs 10,000 per hit with a shoe for anyone who assaults filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for trying to change historical facts in his movie Padmavati.

Karni Sena members created a ruckus and manhandled Bhansali while the director was shooting the movie at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur on Friday. The film crew is shaken by the assault. The Karni Sena has claimed to have received a written assurance from the director that an alleged dream sequence featuring Padmavati or Padmini and Alauddin Khilji would be scrapped from the film.

A day after Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his crew were assaulted on the sets of his forthcoming directorial Padmavati, the filmmaker chose to cancel shooting in Jaipur, sources close to him said on Saturday. Celebrities including Hrithik Roshan, Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Vikram Bhatt, Raza Murad Akshay Kumar, Mukesh Bhatt, Sunil Shetty and "Padmavati" actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor have earlier came out in the support of Bhansali.

Clearly affected by such turn of events, Bhansali Productions released an official statement saying that the shooting has been brought to a hault at Jaipur, citing the "safety of the crew" as a reason. And some section of Karni Sena it is believed has demanded a complete ban on the making of the film.

However, later in the evening, founder and patron of the Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, clarified that the change of of the movies title was only a suggestion.

Guild President Siddharth Roy Kapur in no uncertain terms said, "As President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India and speaking on behalf of the entire film industry, I strongly condemn the acts of vandalism on the sets of Padmavati as a direct attack on freedom of expression in our democracy". The film Jodhaa Akbar was also not permitted to release in Rajasthan by the same group despite censor certification.

After Bhansali assured of no love scenes, the Karni Sena demanded that there should be no distortion of any historical facts regarding the three main characters - Padmavati, Allauddin Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh.

They also went forward with a demand to change the title of the film.

Bhansali has also sought support and protection from the community in making the film. The group had left satisfied, she said.

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