'Padmavati' row: Karni Sena calls for bandh on December 1; not seen film says Censor chief

Highlights

Rajasthan minister Kiran Maheshwari today joined the chorus of protests against Bollywood movie \'Padmavati\' even as the Shri Rajput Karni Sena called for a country-wide bandh on December 1, the day the film is slated to be released.

JAIPUR/BENGALURU: Rajasthan minister Kiran Maheshwari today joined the chorus of protests against Bollywood movie 'Padmavati' even as the Shri Rajput Karni Sena called for a country-wide bandh on December 1, the day the film is slated to be released.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi sought to dismiss reports that he watched the film.
  • The Rajasthan State Commission for Women also wrote to the censor board asking it to clear the "ambiguity" over the film
  • The protests, meanwhile, reached south with Karni Sena members staging a demonstration in Bengaluru.

Rajasthan BJP chief Ashok Parnami, member of erstwhile Udaipur royal family Laksyaraj Singh Mewar and Congress's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh were among others who said that no effort to distort historic facts would be tolerated.

The Congress said that if there are any scenes in 'Padmavati' that hurt sentiments they need to be reviewed.

Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi sought to dismiss reports that he watched the film. Some reports suggested that Joshi had found nothing objectionable in the film.
The Rajasthan State Commission for Women (RSCW) also wrote to the censor board asking it to clear the "ambiguity" over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film "in the interest of law and order".

The protests, meanwhile, reached south with Karni Sena members staging a demonstration in Bengaluru.

In Jaipur, Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the reported comments by actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the legendary queen in the movie, that nothing can stop the release of the film was provocative.

"Deepika Padukone's statement is provocative and I take it as a challenge, therefore, I have called for a nationwide bandh," Kalvi said.

" Ye jauhar ki jwala hai bahut kuch jalega. Rokna hai to Padmini ko rok lo (This is the flame of the Jauhar and a lot will burn. Stop it if you want to)," he threatened. He also made some disparaging remarks against the actor.

Kalvi recalled that he and Padukone's father ace shuttler Prakash Padukone were together at a sports camp in Patiala years ago. The Karni Sena leader said that he has not spoken to her father on this issue.

The Karni Sena seemed to have found some support in Maheshwari, a minister in the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan. Maheshwari said she strongly opposed the film claiming it was made purely for money making and entertainment.

In a social media post, the minister said that Rani Padmini had performed 'Jauhar' with 16,000 women. "Deceit in any case with the history of immortal valour of such women cannot be accepted," she wrote.

State BJP chief Parnami also said that no one would be allowed to play with history.
In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson R P N Singh said though he had not seen the film, it was up to the censor board to clear the movie. He said that if there are scenes that hurt sentiments, they should be reviewed.

Rajasthan's commission for women chief Suman Sharma, meanwhile, wrote to the censor board seeking clarity over movie so that peace is maintained.

In a letter to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi, Sharma said that it needs to seen that the movie does not affect the dignity of women.
Citing protests in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra, she said such incidents were adversely affecting the law and order situation.

Members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena claimed that even Muslim leaders had come out against the film.

Karni Sena leader Kalvi demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervene in the matter saying the central government had the powers to stop the release of a film for three months.

That provision should be invoked in case of Padmavati which is slated to be released on December 1, he demanded.

"We are calling for a country-wide bandh on December 1 if the film is released. We have the support of all castes and communities. We will hold public meetings and rallies in Gurgaon, Patna and Bhopal before that," Kalvi told reporters.

He claimed that film hall owners' association and distributors had refused to release the film in the state.

He said that the film maker had promised to organise a pre-screening before the censor board's approval but he released the promo and song without taking the Rajput community into confidence.

The Sena is not demanding any pre-screening now but a total ban as the filmmaker had "betrayed", he said.The protests spread to the south as Rajput community members today staged a demonstration and held a rally in Bengaluru.

A large number of people from the Karni Rajput Sena turned up at the Town Hall in the heart of the city and marched up to the Freedom Park.

"What we have learnt is that there is lots of distortion of historical facts. Till our objections are addressed, we will not let the movie to be screened anywhere," said Sukhdev Singh, president of the Karni SenaIn Uttar Pradesh, Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh said the force had been asked to remain extra vigilant.In Kota, six of the eight persons detained on Tuesday night in connection for allegedly vandalising a cinema hall were arrested and produced before a court that sent them to judicial custody till November 19.

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