Mumbai: Indian film directors have suspended shooting of their films after Sanjay Leela Bhansali was assaulted on the sets of his upcoming period drama Padmawati.

The award-winning director suspended the movie’s shooting and decided to return to Mumbai after a fringe group vandalised the sets in Jaipur on Friday for allegedly “distorting history” about Chittor queen Rani Padmini and 14th century emperor Alauddin Khilji.

Bhansali was slapped and assaulted by Rajput Karni Sena workers who staged a protest at Jaigarh fort in Jaipur where he was shooting the film, Indian media reported.

In a video that has gone viral, protesters are seen running amok, damaging cameras and other shooting equipment while raising slogans and spewing abuses in Hindi.

They alleged that the film has love scenes between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.