Padmavati row: BJP announces head money for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Deepika Padukone

Sergio Conner
November 22, 2017

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told delegations of the Rajput community, which is protesting the depiction of Rani Padmini, or Padmavati, in the film, that his government won't tolerate any "distortion of history".

He said even if the movie is passed by the Censor Board for release in the country, it won't make it to the screens in the state.

Deepika Padukone has been in the eye of the storm ever since she started shooting Padmavati - an epic period drama that portrays a legendary 13th-century Hindu queen as an object of desire of Allaudin Khilji - a Mughal Emperor who invaded and ruled Delhi during the same period. "Nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so", ANI quoted the Congress leader as saying.

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The film casts Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.

Most of the anger appears to stem from allegations that Bhansali filmed a romantic dream sequence between the protagonists, which Bhansali has denied.

As Padmavati controversy seems to be not ending soon, makers of other upcoming films are feeling a sense of fear, if the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial venture clash with their flicks.

The Parshuram Swabhiman Sena issued a statement, condemning the threats. "The Padmavati controversy is not only unfortunate but also a calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves". Chief minister Siddaramaiah also took to social media to support Bengaluru Born actor.

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