Ever since the fire on the sets of Black, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had decided stay away from incendiary scenes. In fact even before the fire in the sets of Black which destroyed property and furniture worth crores, there was another fire incident involving Bhansali when Bhoomika Chawla (accompanied by Salman Khan) auditioning for Devdas.
Bhoomika’s veil caught fire from a deeya.
Having avoided fire scenes after these two incidents it seems there is no getting away from the fiery element for Bhansali.
In Padmavati the entire climax is fire-dominated.
Says a source, “Bhansali had to shoot Rani Padmavati’s self-immolation sequence where she had to plunge into a fire with hundreds of her disciples rather than to succumb to the invader Alauddin Khilji’s advances. The sequence required widespread use of flames .And given his past mishaps with fire, Bhansali was understandably petrified that an accident would occur.”
Deepika, we hear, gave the director a lot of strength to shoot the dangerous sequence.
“She was very brave.All the safety measures in place, she plunged into the sequence. The climax of Padmavatiwith women leaping into the flames to escape their invader is going to be remembered for a very long time,” says the source.