NEW DELHI: A section of Rajasthan royalty has written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati depicts factual inaccuracies and that officials should first watch the film, ratify it and then release it.
As Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus nears its release, obstacles and protests refuse to die down. At its production stage, sets and elaborate art installations were vandalized by the Karni Sena, a Rajput group.
The State Department of Uttar Pradesh has urged the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to reconsider public view and sentiments before granting a certificate to the film. With civic polls round the corner, the Yogi government doesn’t want to put undue pressure on an already fragile law and order machinery in the state.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Police extended security service to lead actor of Padmavati Deepika Padukone after a Rajasthan group Karni Sena threatene
d violence against her.
Agency reports quoting their threat said, “Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakh.” The group has has announced a strike down in India on December 1, the day film releases.
Following Karni Sena’s threat, federal minister Uma Bharti in a tweet said, “If we are talking about the respect of ‘Padmavati’, then it is our moral obligation that we respect every woman. Disrespecting an actor is uncalled for and immoral.”
The film’s plot revolves around the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor. Rajput groups say the film wrongly implies a romantic relationship between the queen and Emperor Alauddin Khilji.
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali denies these allegations and says his film does not distort history.