Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Designer duo, are in a state of blow after the costumes of their upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed Padmavati, on which they worked on for months, were torched on the sets of the movie in Kolhapur.
The shooting of the Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh starter was afoot at Mhasai Pathar when a group of around 15-20 people came to the set and burned the costumes and the animal feed kept there.
Calling the incident “unfortunate”, Rimple says both she and Harpreet are heartsick as they could never imagine something like this could happen.
“Something so unfortunate has happened because of illiteracy in our country. There is so much hard work that was put into making the clothes. We will work day and night and make up for the damages, but morally we are very low. We are broken sentimentally. For creative people like me, Harpreet and Mr.Bhansali, it is very shocking,” told Rimple.
It is second such incident in the film. In January this year, some members of a Rajput community group, Karni Sena, had assaulted Bhansali in Jaipur for allegedly presenting “distorted facts” in Padmavati.
Rimple says she fails to understand why people are vandalizing the sets despite the pledge by the makers that the film is not falsifying history.
“The CEO and Mr. Bhansali have released so many statements saying that there is nothing in the film which is falsifying history. But still, some people don’t understand.”
The designer says she is constantly in touch with Shobha Sant, who is the CEO of Bhansali films, and they are trying to gauge the damage. Rimple says as far as her knowledge the costumes for the junior actors have been burned to ashes.
“There has been a huge pecuniary loss. Almost all the junior actor’s costumes have been burned to ashes. As far as seniors are concerned, I am yet to get a check on that. I am unable to contact too many people because the network is bad in Kolhapur.”
Rimple says she has deliberately not spoken to Bhansali about the incident as he is going through a lot emotionally.
“Mr. Bhansali was recuperating from the Jaipur incident and then this happened. He held himself strong and continued this shoot. He never anticipated something like this to happen,” she says