In a grim reminder of what can be described as the climate of growing socio-politoco intolerance in the country, the threat perception against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has shot up to an alarming new high.
The threat, according to intelligence sources, has now been extended to the period drama's principal actors, the real life Bollywood jodi Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is already under police protection after being threatened by the Rajput caste organisation Karni Sena which is convinced he has distorted historical facts in the making of his magnum opus.
Now, it is believed that Ranvir and Deepika are also on the organisation's hate list. Activists of the Karni Sena earlier threatened to chop off the actress' nose and burn Rajasthan if Padmavati was allowed to be screened on December 1.
But Mumbai Police sources reveal that intelligence reports have urged them to take the threat seriously and be vigilant against the filmmaker and his leading actors. For some reason Shahid Kapoor, who plays the third big role in Padmavati, is not under threat. This will only confirm the actor's belief that he has been sidelined in the film.
In accordance with the fresh threat, the Padmavati trio have been accorded a high level of security. The detail for each of them includes a protection ring comprising two Police Inspectors, three Police Sub-Inspectors, 15 Police Constables of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF). This will be an armed contingent and will be supervised by an Assistant Police Commissioner.
Finally, Ranvir and Deepika have been warned to be extremely discreet about their public movements and not to reveal details of their promotional activities if any for Padmavati. It is believed that the actors have also been told to go off the social media radar for a while till the threat is reviewed.