Criticised ‘Jauhar’ scene was an emotional challenge, says Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat was finally released after a long controversy. However the woes still don’t seem to end for Mr Bhansali.

A lot of critics have criticized Bhansali for apparently glorifying the ‘jauhar’ or self immolation that forms the climax of the movie.

Bhansali recalls how much of an emotional as well as physical of a challenge was to shoot the mentioned scene. He feels disappointed that after all that struggle people have not appreciated the hard work behind the scene and instead had criticized it.

He says, “It was scorching heat and we shot with 350 junior artistes. The physical discomfort was somehow bearable. But the challenge was more emotional than physical. By the end of the shooting of the jauhar sequence, there were frayed nerves and rising tempers.”

“In the shot where the women throw hot coal on Ranveer, we used burning rubber tyres to look like burning coals. Burning rubber sends off a very strong stench. Every time Ranveer would go into a corner to puke before doing the shot. We were all physically and emotionally exhausted by the time the sequence was shot. To then have some cynics dismiss the jauhar sequence as regressive and socio-politically incorrect is a huge blow to all the hard work that we all did.”

He further mentioned that shooting the scene went on for a week, and the junior artistes got restless. They would meander off in groups in between shoots and doze off due to exhaustion. Then when the shot was ready, there would be a head count.

 

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