While there has always been fringe elements who have attacked film on completely frivolous basis, naming censorship and the erosion of values, this time one such outfit went too far. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked on the set of his film ‘Padmavati’ on Rajasthan. This shocked the entire film industry including TV actors. This is what they had to say about the incident:
Aniruddh Dave – Whenever a unit goes for an outdoor shoot, one should involve the local people in the production team. What happened with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not about any religion. It’s about your knowledge of what people know about it. This incident clearly states that people who were involved in the problem were not fully aware of history. Still, whatever happens to him is indeed very shameful.
Laksh – I can completely relate to it. I’ve been to outdoor shoots and have faced similar issues. I think security should not be compromised when it comes to outdoors. The location in-charge should make sure that the security arrangements are on point. Also, the production houses need to make sure that the place they’re shooting at has a friendly and a secure environment.
Adaa Khan – I definitely and unequivocally condemn the attack. The security at such locations should be increased during outdoor shoots. But again, nothing justifies this act and we must take a stand.
Ridhi Dogra – I haven’t seen this particular video because we were shooting the whole day, but everybody is talking about this incident. It’s appalling and disgusting this happened, and it’s not the first time that something like this has happened. I remember something had happened even on a set where Amitabh Bachchan was working a while ago in Filmity. So, it’s really really appalling and I think there needs to be some sort of rules and regulations and the creative mediums need to be taken seriously. I think the fact that film industry is not taken seriously, it’s not an organised industry and not recognised by the government. That’s why all the problems are being faced.
Karan Wahi – I think security should be the topmost priority for anyone be it actors or technicians. Usually all non fiction shows do have security guards but don’t know if all shows or films have adequate security to keep people safe. Outdoor locations and shoots shoud hav a few security personnel cause sometimes situations might change for the worse.
Aishwarya Sakuja – Well, security on the outdoor locations and on the sets is must. I am very very surprised that something like this has happened on a Sanjay Leela Bhansali set since he is someone who is so particular about their security. Not only security, they are even concerned about that their looks should not be revealed, so no phones are allowed. So, with such strict security and with such strict guidelines, something like this has happened I am quite surprised. It’s a must for all actors too safeguard their interest. It’s very very important to have a crowd controler and to have security on the sets.
Salil Ankola – When a shoot is on, it’s always better that the crowd be kept under control. The crowd is keen to see actors from near and also are curious about how the serial or film is shot. Sometimes, some section of the crowd (not all) gets unruly and that’s where all the trouble starts. So, it’s better to have security at the venue for protection of the actors, crew, unit equipment and also for the protection of some of the crowd who finds themselves in a catch 22 position because of a certain section of the unruly crowd. In regards to the attack on Mr. Bhansali, it’s sad that he got attacked for something which has not been shot at all and is only in planning stages. It seems to be an act committed more of for mileage for someone or some section, which thinks it better to come into the lime light doing things the wrong way rather than something constructive.
Jyotsna Chandola – For me, this is absolutely sad. Besides the fact that I am a big Sanjay Leela Bhansali fan, it breaks my heart to know that an artist is assaulted for something he didn’t even do. We really need to have the government act speedily on this so that no such incidents can happen in the future.
Asmita Sood – It is so disheartening to know that a filmmaker of such stature was hit by goons, for something he didn’t even do! I saw the video and it is chilling. I can’t even imagine the terror the entire unit must be going through. My heart goes out to them and I really hope the culprits are punished by law.
Raman Handa – This was an absolutely shameful moment and a new low. It goes to show how the film industry can be taken on a ransom by any elements for their personal agenda. I hope the government takes a strict action since we too need to put out a message which says that such hooliganism will not be tolerated.
Ssharad Malhotraa – I was quite disturbed when I got to know about this. I know that these were fringe elements who had little knowledge of cinema, let alone history. But action from the authorities needs to be taken and it needs to be swift and ruthless, otherwise anyone can do these things and think they will get away with it.