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Padmavati sets attacked and set on fire in Kolhapur #WTFnews

Sets of Padmavati were attacked and set on fire in Kolhapur on Tuesday. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is said to be safe.

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Another attack on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati sets in Kolhapur
The burnt ruins of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (inset) Padmavati set in Kolhapur
After the set of Padmavati was vandalised and he was roughed up by members of the Rajput Karni Sena during the January schedule of the period drama at Jaipur’s Jaigarh Fort, Sanjay Leela Bhansali moved to Kolhapur early this month to quietly resume filming battle sequences on 50,000 sq ft of the scenic Mhasai Pathar plateau. Trouble struck at around 12.30 am on March 15.

“We don’t know yet who these people are as investigation is on. Boxes containing costumes and jewellery of junior artistes were burnt but no one was injured,” SLB Films CEO Shobha Sant informed Mirror.

According to an onlooker, 25 to 30 men descended on the site under the cover of darkness with petrol bombs. The stable was one of their targets. “The crew caught two of the vandals but their accomplices then attacked the film unit and together they fled the scene,” said Senior Inspector Dhanya Kumar Godse of Panhala police station.

Following the incident, Minister of State for Home, Deepak Kesarkar, stated that SLB had declined night security. “Earlier, we had deployed one officer and five constables during the day. It has now been upgraded to full time with one officer and 12 constables,” he said.

Meanwhile, designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula are in shock after the costumes they’d worked on for months were torched. “Something so unfortunate has happened because of illiteracy in our country. We will work day and night and make up for the damages,” Rimple said.

Sources reveal that Bhansali visited the site on Wednesday morning and then returned to the hotel. The shoot has been on for around eight-10 days with four-five days’ work pending. None of the film’s three leads—Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone— were a part of this schedule.

The spokesperson from Bhansali Productions said in a statement, “The sets of Padmavati set in Kolhapur in Maharashtra region witnessed an unfortunate incident last night at around 12.30 am, when certain miscreants attacked the film’s set and set it on fire in an attempt to damage the property.

A complaint has been filed to investigate this matter further, but we are grateful that there has been no loss of life or harm to anybody on the set. While, thankfully the incident occurred after we had wrapped our shoot for the day and all the artistes, cast and crew were safely away; unfortunately, around 70–80 per cent of costumes and jewellery for the movie have been destroyed.” At the time of going to press, sources said the makers are still undecided on whether to stay back and complete the shoot or return to Mumbai.http://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/another-attack-on-sanjay-leela-bhansalis-padmavati-sets-in-kolhapur/articleshow/57657987.cms?

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Not afraid of threat: 16-year-old singer Nahid Afrin after Assam clerics issue fatwa against her

Nahid Afrin, who participated in the famous reality TV show Indian Idol, said she was shocked after 46 Muslim clerics issued fatwa against her but added that she will never quit music.

Manogya Loiwal | Edited by Shashank Shantanu
Nahid Afrin

HIGHLIGHTS

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    “My singing is gift of God. I believe it must be properly utilised, not doing so is ignoring God,” says Nahid Afrin.
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    I will never quit music, says Afrin after 46 Muslim clerics issue fatwa against her.
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    Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal assures Afrin of security and help.

Nahid Afrin, the 16-year-old singer against whom a fatwa was issued by as many as 46 Muslim clerics in Assam, has decided to fight it out. Afrin, who was seen in the famous reality TV show Indian Idol, said she is not afraid of the threat and will continue to pursue her dream of making it big in the music industry.

“Was shocked and broken from inside at first, but many Muslim singers gave me inspiration to not quit music, will never do so,” Afrin said.

“My singing is gift of God. I believe it must be properly utilised, not doing so is ignoring God,” she said when asked about the fatwa issued against her.

FATWA AGAINST YOUNG SINGER

As many as 46 Islamic organisations of Assam issued a fatwa against Afrin banning her from singing on stage citing Sharia laws. Pamphlets bearing the names of the 46 organisations/individuals were found in different parts of Assam such as Lanka, Hojai areas where Nahid is supposed to take part in a musical show on March 25.

“Magic, Dance, Drama, Theatre etc. are against Sharia laws. Events like musical shows are against the Sharia law and future generations will be corrupted,” the pamphlet read.

ASSAM CM SONOWAL ASSURES NAHID OF ALL HELP

Following reports of threat against the young singer, Assam Chief Sarbananda Sonowal called up Nahid assuring her of all help. Sonowal told Nahid that she will be provided proper security cover.

Other prominent persons of the state too have come out in support of Nahid.

Meanwhile, Assam Police said they were investigating whether the fatwa was a reaction to Nahid recently performing songs against terrorism, including the banned terror group Islamic State.http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/nahid-afrin-assam-muslim-clerics-fatwa-indian-idol-singer/1/904227.html

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