The social media is abuzz with the images of a pre-wedding photo shoot inside the iconic Amba Vilas Palace.
The photos, shared across various mediums including Facebook, have raised many questions as to who gave the permission for the couple to take pictures inside the palace and its ornate inner halls.
Reacting to these reports, Deputy Director of Mysuru Palace Board T S Subramanya said that he was not aware of the photo shoot. “I will order an investigation,” he said.
Maharani Pramoda Devi said: “As the members of the royal family, even we don’t click photos inside the Durbar Hall and we don’t allow any of our relatives to do so. They would have come inside due to a probable security lapse. I have no idea of who gave the permission of the photo shoot and I am trying to contact the Palace Board authorities to know the facts. The couple who have shot the photos are not our relatives.
The Amba Vilas Palace is out of bounds for film and serial shooting and no one is allowed to even carry cameras inside the inner sections. Forget cameras, even mobile phones are not allowed inside, During special occasions like Dasara, media persons have to obtain special passes to photograph the ceremonies and rituals.
The last film shooting that took place inside the palace was Dr Rajkumar starrer Mayura. After that, no film crew was allowed to film inside. According to sources, a couple of months back, Superstar Rajinikanth and his crew had approached the palace authorities for permission shoot his movie Lingaa inside the palace. But the authorities denied access and aske the crew to shoot from outside.
The latest photo shoot is of a couple from North India (names have not been mentioned to protect identity) and the shooting shows the photographs of the Durbar Hall, the ornate chandeliers and decorative glass ceilings inside the halls.
The photo shoot has been featured in wedding websites asking for people to contact them for more wedding photo shoot ideas. The photos even show the photographer taking live pictures of the couple.
One such website says: “The first ever pre-wedding shoot in Mysore Maharaja Palace. Here’s a video glimpse of the photo-shoot in Mysore Maharaja’s Palace! By Photriya Photography. Please visit our website (website name) to get more wedding ideas or send your queries via mail to (website name). Kindly share our blog and feel free to leave a comment.”
Commenting on the photos, several people have taken objection to the “special permission” given to the couple. The comments are particularly directed against the authorities who have given the time for the couple to dress up and allowed them to pose for photographs. Though many people have admired the inner beauty of the palace, they have said that the place was not right for a photo shoot and action must be taken against people involved. Some commenters went ahead and said that by allowing the photo shoot, the palace has been disrespected and the sentiments of Mysureans have been hurt.
Surprisingly, some posts on Facebook were deleted soon after adverse comments started pouring in.
PALACE DEPUTY DIRECTOR SPEAKS
Speaking to City Today, Deputy Director of Mysuru Palace Board T S Subramanya said that he was unaware of the photo shoot.
“During the time of Deputy Commissioner P Manivannan and City Police Commissioner M A Saleem we used to allow photo shoot in non-season time and when the tourists are less in number. I am not aware of the latest photo shoot and I will call a meeting to discuss the issue. An investigation will be ordered. Also, the images appear to be photoshopped. We need to examine them in detail,” he said.