Mumbai: Everyone loves watching the history more than reading the history as that enhances your understanding towards those mythology or traditional stories in a much sharper manner, isn’t it? And such is a movie ‘Padmavati’ which is an upcoming 2017’s Indian epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, based on the epic poem ‘Padmavat’ penned down by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. But it is alleged that the film shows a controversial twist of the history and wrongly links queen Padmavati with aggressive ruler Alauddin Khilji.
On Wednesday, few members from the Rajput group which is led by state tourism minister, Jaykumar Rawal met Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, to demand the ban of upcoming film ‘Padmavati’ in Maharashtra as it misrepresents the community and distorts history.
The Maharana Pratap Brigade’s President Ajit Singh Sengar also said that they did not get the expected response from Fadnavis. Hence, now on November 20, they will lead a protest to Varsha, the CM’s bungalow.
He also mentioned that they would also be making groups in each district where they would submit a memorandum to the respective guardian ministers seeking a ban.
He further added that if the government fails to take any action, they would lodge police cases against the government and the filmmaker.
As per the Rajput group member’s president, “Just to glam up the movie a lot of facts have been distorted. We will not tolerate any attempts at disgracing the Rajput community and its contributions to history.”
In the neighbouring Gujarat also, a BJP-ruled state, the ruling party has supported ban on ‘Padmavati’
The BJP party’s state tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal wrote to the Election Commission and the chief electoral officer, Gujarat, “to arrange for a pre-release viewing of the film by select Rajput representatives to alleviate their raised tempers and provide fair opportunity to prevent unnecessary tension ahead of polls.”
However, the BJP spokesperson and Kshatriya leader, I K Jadeja said that the party would prefer either ‘Padmavati’ to be banned or its release to be postponed, as soon there is going to be assembly elections held in Gujarat.
It would be interesting to wait and watch as to how the movie ‘Padmavati’ rolls over on it’s release date.