Bangalore: Bollywood is the largest film producer in India, and the second largest film producer in the world after Hollywood, by revenue. When the movies are good, how much may be the theater ticket rates, movie lovers are ready to pay to enjoy the show. Public also believe that movies have an impact on the people watching it. Whenever there is a content in a movie that hurts the feeling or belief of any religion, several opposition wing arise for the ban of the movie. Recently, one such Bollywood movie which is facing anger of the Hindus is Padmavati.
Padmavati is an Indian epic drama which is directed by the legendary Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is the recipient of four national awards. The movie had its trailer release recently. From the beginning, the movie was embroiled in controversies since the rumours of a love sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji was contained in the film. This led to the rage of anger for the Sree Rajput Karni Sena, who belong to Jaipur, Rajasthan, taking the onus on themselves of protecting the dignity of their former queen Rani Padmavati. They believe that this movie irked the Rajput community.
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The anger of the community was in full rage that they threatened to “cut off Padukone’s nose and behead Bhansali”, if the film released. Even after releasing several statements regarding the clarification of no such scene in the movie, rajput community took the issue so seriously that they even announced the cash rewards for beheading and burning the actress. It is reported that the Kshatriya Samaj announced a reward of Rs. 5 crore on beheading Deepika Padukone. Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha (ABKM) has also put a reward of Rs. 1 crore to anyone burning the Bollywood actress alive.
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The problem didn’t stop here as the Sree Karni Sena activists vandalized the sets of the film, burnt down the posters alleging distortion of historical facts and a fringe group of Karni Sena Activists assaulted the director Bhansali on the Jaipur sets of his film. Several other communities including the Mewar Royals, the Chattisgarh Royals, the Ajmer Dargah Deewan and political leaders have also joined hands with Karni Sena and have raised their voice against the movie.
Following the threats and opposition for the movie, the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has repeatedly clarified that there are no such scenes in the movie that may hurt the sentiments of any section of the society. The protests regarding the ban on the movie have widespread in Rajasthan, which is the land of the fabled Rajput queen otherwise called the Queen of Chittorgarh. The Karni Sena alleges that the legend of Rani Padmini or Padmavati comprises the honour of the Rajput queen.
While this on one side, the Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday wrote to Information & Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani urging her to ensure that the movie was not released “without the necessary cuts”. Following this, the Uttar Pradesh‘s deputy Chief Minister has also joined the anti-Padmavati chorus, stating that the movie will only be released in the state after necessary cuts are made.
After several dire threats to the lead actors Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and protests by several Rajput groups across the country, the makers of the movie have decided to postpone the release of the movie. Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind the period drama, said, “We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course.”