‘Padmavati’: Costumes for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film burnt to ashes, informs designerAfter recently being assaulted by a fringe group in Jaipur during the shoot, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming project ‘Padmavati’ is gripped in a fresh trouble as trunks full of detailed costumes and accessories along
After recently being assaulted by a fringe group in Jaipur during the shoot, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming project ‘Padmavati’ is gripped in a fresh trouble as trunks full of detailed costumes and accessories along with the set of the film burnt to ashes in Kolhapur on Wednesday.
A designer, who had spent months of hard work on the costumes informed media that nothing much could be rescued.
"It is very unfortunate that this is happening to such a creative person like Mr Bhansali," Rimple of designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula, said.
A majority of the costumes, she said, were for junior artistes who were to shoot a pivotal scene showcasing an army in the movie, which is a historical costume based on the legendary Rani Padmini of Chittor in modern day Rajasthan.
The incident occurred at the picturesque Masaipathar area, around 15 km on the outskirts of Panhala town in Kolhapur district, an investigating officer told IANS. The damage is being ascertained as of now.
"I have spoken to the makers, and they are saying the movie set is totally damaged, and things have been burnt to ashes. Nothing much could be rescued because perhaps the fire brigade didn't reach in time.
"There were plenty of costumes, especially for junior artistes. These must be costumes for around 50 people who were to shoot a scene involving an army," Rimple said, and added how these were stored in assorted trunks and labelled for each person.
For the designers, "Padmavati" marks their foray into Bollywood. It has been a challenging project for them, given that Bhansali is known to go into the minutest of details while orchestrating the visuals. Like Harpreet had earlier told IANS, Bhansali "does not want mere clothes but clothes that speak a language".
So, Rimple rues how over and above the man hours that went into the production of these clothes, it's the "emotions attached with their making" that matter a lot.
"There's no measure for hard work, and it has all been burnt. The loss has not been accounted yet, but we will have to start from scratch. These were not easy costumes -- there was a lot of detailing and were made according to sizing and measurement," she said.
This is the second time Bhansali has faced the ire of certain groups over the filming of his next magnum opus "Padmavati", which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.
On January 27, Bhansali was slapped, roughed up and his film set vandalised by Karni Sena activists in a Jaipur fort for alleged distortions in the film script.
The film is scheduled for a mid-November release this year.
(With IANS Inputs)