Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic historical drama Padmavati is in troubled waters owing to the opposition it is facing from the right-wing fringe groups, Rajasthan-based Rajput Karni Sena in particular.
Given the huge uproar around the film and its trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the film has been postponed for an indefinite period of time with its fate unknown.
While the difficulties for the film don't seem to be ending anytime soon, the mischievous elements are trying to cash in on its popularity.
Fake videos disguising as the film Padmavati have surfaced on YouTube and as can be expected, are getting enormous views on the video-sharing platform.
These fake videos, unfortunately, have led several netizens to believe that the film has indeed leaked on the Internet giving it negative publicity. Of course, that is not the case and the film is in safe hands.
But, the makers, we feel should be cautious because Padmavati is one film that is facing resistance from several circles. In such a situation, the possibility of it being leaked online cannot be ruled out.
After Mohalla Assi, Great Grand Masti, Udta Punjab and many other films, Padmavati could well be the next victim of online leak.
Padmavati, that stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles, has been facing the ire of fringe groups for almost eight months now.
In February this year, the film's sets in Jaipur were vandalised by some members of the Rajput Karni Sena and director Bhansali was physically assaulted.
Karni Sena, led by Lokendra Singh Kalvi, is protesting an alleged romantic sequence between Padmavati (based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittorgarh) and Mughal Emperor Alauddin Khilji. Bhansali has repeatedly denied that there is no such sequence in the film.