Fringe political group, the Karni Sena called for a nationwide shutdown over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie Padmavati. The strike is demanded to take place on the 1st of December, which is the day the film is set to release.
The group has also threatened violence across the country if the film is screened. The police of different states have been put on alert following the threat. In Jaipur, Shri Rajput Karni Sena founder and patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi accused Bhansali of back-tracking on an agreement with the outfit. “The censor board has certain limitations. It does not deliberate upon history, hence we had demanded a pre-censor board (screening of the trailer and the songs),” he said. But Bhansali had “betrayed” them, the leader said, and did not share the trailer or the songs with the Karni Sena, so they now wanted a ban on the film.
The Rajasthan Women’s Commission has written to the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) to ensure that the honour of women “is not adversely affected” in the movie.
However, there is good news trickling in from Mumbai. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has come out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati, saying that protesting against a film without watching it was unacceptable.
“There are still 15 days left for the release of the film. There are some political parties opposing it. It does not make sense to protest without watching what the film contains. We will watch it and if there is anything unacceptable we will discuss it with the director to find a solution,” Ameya Khopkar, MNS Chitrapat Karmachari Sena president, said.
While the issues surrounding the film don’t seem to end, we sure do wish for Padmavati to release as scheduled, and we get to see Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in all their grandeur on the big screen!