Pune: Actress, 3 others booked for performing Lavani in Lal Mahal

  • 21-May-2022

An FIR has been lodged against actress Vaishnavi Patil and three others for reportedly performing and filming Lavani (a form of folk dance) inside the historic Lal Mahal, which is known for its association with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The dance was performed as part of a sequence for an upcoming Marathi film, Chandramukhi, sources said.

After the video of the dance went viral on social media Friday, Maratha outfit Sambhaji Brigade launched a campaign demanding action against the actress and the security guards manning the site. Notably, the Pune Municipal Corporation had closed Lal Mahal to visitors for the summer.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has also threatened agitation demanding appropriate action in the matter.


Patil, who had posted the sequence on social media, has already removed the video from her account and has also urged her fans to delete it if they have downloaded the same. She has apologised for uploading the video and added that she had no intention to disrespect the tradition of Shivaji Maharaj and Rajmata Jijau.