Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s last direction ‘Padmaavat’ (2018), faced a lot of controversy and backlash, even before it was set to release in December of last year, with the film releasing two months later instead. Lead actor Deepika Padukone, and Bhansali had threats thrown at them left and right, and Bhansali will reportedly be writing a book on the whole ordeal.
As according to Deccan Chronicle, a family friend said, “It has been a traumatic time for Sanjay. The making of Padmaavat was not half as sapping to what followed. The backlash took him completely by surprise. He didn’t expect it in the least. He was accused of exactly the opposite of what he was attempting to show in the film. Padmaavat is meant to be an ode to the valour of the Rajput community. Instead, he was accused of insulting it. It was all unreal and scary, almost like a conspiracy to bring the film down. Sanjay can’t understand what happened or why. He is not even fully aware of the issues. He keeps asking, ‘But what wrong have I done?’. The whole experience is bizarre and very frightening. He wants it (the problem) to just disappear for now. But he knows he will have to confront the whole episode at some point. He will have to process all the drama and trauma and put it down in a book or in a film. Since he doesn’t want to give his tribulation a cinematic form, a book it shall be.”
‘Padmaavat’ has been released for a worldwide audience on Amazon Prime.