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‘Padmavati’ Release Moved Ahead! BJP Seeks Delay Fearing Tension Ahead Of Gujarat Polls

“Padmavati” is slated to release on Dec 1 while the polls are scheduled on Dec 9 and 14.


The release of “Padmavati” might be delayed further as the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) has requested the Election Commission (EC) to postpone the release of the film owing to the fears of tension ahead of the polls in Gujarat.

Looks like “Padmavati” will have to face more challenges before it hits the theaters as BJP has written to the EC to postpone the release of the film. The Gujarat BJP state vice-president and Kshatriya community leader IK Jadeja has said that the party has written to the EC, the centre and the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) requesting the bodies to postpone the release of the period drama. He explained that they are doing it to ensure peaceful polls in the state and avoid tension.

Notably, the polls have come under clouds owing to the hurt sentiments of the Kshatriya community that has taken umbrage to the portrayal of Rani Padmini in the film. The community believes that “Padmavati” carries a romantic angle between the queen of Chittor and Turkish sultan Alauddin Khilji. Though director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has refuted these allegations on several occasions, the suspicions of the community refuse to die down.

Earlier this year, a local outfit in Rajasthan, Shri Rajput Karni Sena, had destroyed the sets of “Padmavati” during its shooting and also manhandled Bhansali. The outfit was protesting against this very plot point and now the Kshatriyas in Gujarat are unhappy with the film’s portrayal of queen Padmini. Noted politician of the state Shankersinh Vaghela has also voiced his objections.

He has said that he wants to see “Padmavati” before its release which is also what the BJP wants and has requested the EC to arrange for. The party has asked for a special viewing of the period drama by selected Rajput representatives to clear their suspicions and ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the state so that the polls may be conducted in a smooth manner.



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