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‘Padmavati’ Release In Trouble After Protests In Chittorgarh, Exhibitors Demand Protection

The Rajput community has taken offense against the alleged romantic angle between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati in the film.

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Protests against “Padmavati” gathered pace in Rajasthan ahead of its release with a bandh being observed in Chittorgarh and exhibitors asking for police protection during the screening of the film.

“Padmavati” is facing troubles ahead of its release and the most recent fuss has surfaced in Chittorgarh, the home of queen Padmini, on whose life the period drama is based. A bandh was observed in the city on Friday to protest against the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed movie that is scheduled to arrive in theaters on Dec 1. Shri Rajput Karni Sena, a local outfit, raised slogans against the film alleging false portrayal of historical facts in the film.

The secretary of the outfit Vishavbandu Rathore said that the community is not against the movie per se but they want it to be shown to a select few intellectuals and historians before its release. He explained that they are scared and concerned about the distortion of facts in the movie.

In the meantime, distributors and exhibitors are wary of releasing “Padmavati” in Rajasthan as well as Gujarat. They have said that they are receiving threats from political bodies and do not want to take the risk of showing the period drama without any police protection. As fans may know, the BJP in Gujarat has also asked the election commission to stall the release of the film for peaceful polls in the state.

Well, this is indeed a sad development for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus that has already suffered a lot at the hands of protestors. Earlier this year, the sets of “Padmavati” were destroyed by the members of the Rajput Karni Sena and they have been vocal in their opposition to the film. They have threatened to intensify their agitation if their demands of a pre-screening before the final release are not met.

 

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