In a shocking turn of events, the most prominent faction of Karni Sena, the fringe Hindu group, opposing the release of Padmaavat in Rajasthan -- have okayed its release in the state. The film has been banned in Rajasthan but has been declared a super duper hit in India. Padmaavat is also Ranveer Singh's most successful film to date surpassing Bajirao Mastani, which hit screens a few years back.
A letter signed by Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena's national vice-president Yogendra Singh Katar and Sena's Maharashtra coordinator Jeevan Singh has been handed over to Bhansali production, claiming that they do not have any objection over screening the movie now.
"As advised by the organisation president, Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, we watched the film. The film is based on and dedicated to the great Rani Padmini. Since it has nothing objectionable, we are withdrawing our protest and assuring you co-operation and support for the movie's screening in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh," the letter said. "We saw the movie and do not find anything wrong or defamatory in the movie. So, we have decided to withdraw our agitation against the movie and will allow its release in Gujarat and Rajasthan," said Katar later said in a press statement.
Surjeet Singh Rathore, who accompanied Katar, said that Karni Sena would announce their support for the film on Saturday. The move has, however, brought to the surface the differences among various Rajput outfits - all going by the name of Karni Sena.
So much happened over nothing! Sad, isn’t it?