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Rangoli dedicated to Padmavati destroyed by goons; Deepika Padukone asks Smriti Irani to take action

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati was in the news from quite a few times and now another controversy is that 100 of people destroyed artist Karan’s rangoli depicting Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film in Surat.Karan took to his Twitter page and shared a series of pictures where his rangoli was destroyed badly. He tweeted, “#Padmavati Rangoli Controversy! A crowd of 100 people cried JAY SRI RAM AND rubbed out my 48hrs’ intense work! Shocked”.

Irked seeing the pics, Deepika took to Twitter to slam the protesters for wrecking the hardwork put in by the artist. In a series of tweets she said, “absolutely heart breaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork!disgusting and appalling to say the least. Who are these people?Who is responsible for their actions?For how long are we going to let this go on? Allow them to take law into their own hands & attack our freedom & right to individual expression time & again!? this has to stop NOW & action must be taken!@smritiirani.” She addressed the tweets to Smriti Irani, the Information and Broadcasting Minister.

The sad part is the hard work he had put behind the rangoli. It took him 48 hours create Padmavati’s poster into a beautiful rangoli. But the goons destroyed it in a second.Deepika plays the role of Rajput queen Padmavati, while Shahid will be seen as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer will essay the role of Alauddin Khilji. During its production, the film witnessed many ups and downs. Earlier this year, activists of Shri Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and vandalised the movie’s Jaipur set over alleged distortions in the film’s script.

They were forced to move to Maharashtra to continue shooting. Still, an outdoor set of the historic period drama in Kolhapur was burnt down after two dozen unidentified people torched it. The Shri Rajput Karni Sena has maintained it will oppose screening of the film if the facts are “distorted”. “Padmavati”, presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions, is set for a December 1 release.