Painter dies in accident on sets of ‘Padmavati’

Mumbai: A painter has died on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie ‘Padmavati’.

The 34-year-old was working on a set under construction in Film City in suburban Goregoan and fell off the scaffolding when he was climbing down for the lunch break. Despite all efforts, he could not be saved, a media release issued said.

“What took place was extremely unfortunate and completely unforeseen. We are making every effort to facilitate everything with the authorities (police). Our support and prayers are with the family of the deceased,” said Shobha Sant, CEO, Bhansali Productions.

The victim, Mukesh Dakia, a resident of Moracha Pada in Aarey Colony, was rushed to the Kokilaben Hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival on Saturday.

“The sets of ‘Padmavati’ are completely equipped with the best security measures, this includes workers wearing belts, helmets and harness, despite all of this, no one could foresee such a rare occurrence and unfortunate accident,” Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty, the Art Directors of the film said.

A senior police official of the Aarey Police Station said that a case has been registered in this regard and investigation is underway.

The lead actress of the film Deepika Padukone expressed grief over the demise of the painter.

“Shocked and saddened by the news…May his soul rest in peace and my most sincere condolences to his family..,” Deepika tweeted.

Also starring Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh ‘Padmavati’ is slated to release in November, 2017.