Ever since the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial 'Padmaavat' has been announced, the movie has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. While the shooting of the film, a group of members belonging to a Rajput caste based organization 'Karni Sena' threatened to stop the shooting of the film as they had objections over some scenes of the film, which primarily focused on Rani Padmini. Out of all the controversial scenes, one of the scenes from ‘Padmaavat,’ is undoubtedly the part when Deepika Padukone, as Rani Padmini is seen walking towards the fire in order to commit 'Jauhar', an act of self-immolation. The actress is seen accompanied by many other women in the sequence. This particular scene was reportedly shot in the outskirts of Mumbai and is known to have caused an emotional turmoil on its creators.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, while decoding the scene, revealed how over 350 junior artists were involved in the filming of the sequence. There was immense physical discomfort as it was shot in scorching heat, the filmmaker adds.
However, it was more of an emotional than a physical challenge for those involved in its making, Bhansali says. By the time they were done shooting the Jauhar scene, most of them ended in frustration. The director goes on to recall that the shooting apparently went on for over a week, which led the junior artists to become restless. There were times wherein individuals would meander off in groups between shoots due to exhaustion. The director revealed that the scene was especially tough for Deepika Padukone as she was emotionally drained by the end of it.
In the sequence wherein women are seen throwing hot coal on Ranveer Singh’s character from ‘Padmaavat,’ Bhansali revealed that they made use of burning rubber tyres which sent off a strong stench and as a result of this, Ranveer used to puke before shooting for the scene.
Therefore, when the filmmaker receives criticism over the Jauhar scene for being regress and socio-politically incorrect, he feels highly disappointment. Despite getting trapped into a huge amount of controversies, the film, which was supposed to release in December 2017, finally released on January 25, 2018.
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