Bollywood unites against attack on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Film industry actors, directors, associations have roundly condemned the attack on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on a film set in Jaipur. The Twitter handles of a few mega stars, though, were silent

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Bollywood 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 including Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar, Anruag Kashyap, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Sudhir Mishra, Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor took to social media to vent their anger over the incident.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who recently faced the ire of a right wing organisation during the release of his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil said, "No member of our industry should be silent on this matter, it calls for unity and not selective indifference."

Director Anurag Kashyap also exhorted the industry to unite.

Priyanka Chopra, who worked with Bhansali in Bajirao Mastani, said she is "saddened" by the whole incident.

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar also urged the film industry to unite and give it back to the "vulgar display of self righteousness".

Indian Film & Television Directors' Association also condemned the attack and requested the government to take immediate action.


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Published: 28 Jan 2017, 1:49 PM