'Padamavati' row intensifies; Rajput group vandalises theatre screening trailer

Aubrey Yates
November 14, 2017

According to report, eight people have been arrested after the incident.

"Through the protest, our objective is to urge the Central and State governments to direct the filmmaker to hold a pre-release screening of the movie for our representatives to ensure that Sanjay Leela Bhansali hasn't used his iniquitous imagination in the garb of artistic freedom to hurt the religious sentiments of crores of Hindus", Singh added.

No case has been registered in connection with the violence. Activits of the Sena today also submitted a memorandum to the manager of the cinema hall demanding it to stop the screening of trailer.

Following the protest, the screening of the teaser has been stopped at the theatre, the police officer said. They had issued warnings that they would set theatres on fire if the movie was screened.

The incident took place a day after makers of the film agreed to screen it for those who had doubts about its content once the film was passed by the censor board.

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Sri Rajput Karni Sena and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha have announced opposition to the release of Bhansali's film as, they claim, historical facts have been "distorted". "I am neither supporting nor opposing the film", said Naqvi on being asked if he opposed the film's release.

Meanwhile, film distributors in Rajasthan are wary of releasing the film which tells the tale of Rani Padmavati - the legendary Mewar queen, her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh- a Rajput ruler and Alauddin Khilji - an ambitious and obsessive invader.

The Karni Sena has been seeking a ban on the film, claiming that it "distorts" history.

Deepika's comments did not go down well with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

The groups are protesting against the film alleging it violates the honour of Rani Padmini, the central character in the film, played by actress Deepika Padukone. "Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective", Swamy tweeted.

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