Padmavati has been under scrutiny ever since the makers released its first poster and since then the film has been making news. While many of us were happy with the movie getting a green signal with certain changes, Rajput outfits are still infuriated with the Censor Board’s decision.
Yes, a Rajput outfit today demanded a total ban on the film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and threatened to “set ablaze” the cinema halls screening it.
The Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena (RRKS) said the censor board’s nod to the controversial film was “unfortunate”.
Talking to reporters, the Gujarat president of the outfit, Raj Shekhawat, made an open threat, saying the RRKS members would take the law into their hands if the film was not banned across the country. “It is unfortunate that the censor board has decided to give the film a U/A certificate with only five changes. We will not accept this. We want a total ban on the film, which glorifies the barbarian invader, Alauddin Khilji. Just like Gujarat and some other states, we want the Centre to stop its release in the other parts of the country as well,” Shekhawat said.
The Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena (RRKS) is a splinter group of the Rajasthan-based Rajput Karni Sena, which is also against the release of the film.
Stating that a few changes here and there were not sufficient when the entire film was “distorted” and “not based on historical facts”, he said, “We want the government to impose a pan-India ban on the film. Otherwise, we will take the law into our hands and not hesitate to set ablaze cinema halls (screening the film).”
According to Shekhawat, a mere change in the disclaimer or in the title would not serve any purpose as the viewers would eventually believe what they saw in the film. “A panel of experts had also said that there were too many flaws (in the film). (The erstwhile) Mewar royal family’s Maharaja Arvind Singh, who was also on the panel, had said that facts were distorted in the film. Even then, the censor board has taken such a decision. We will not sit quiet if the film is released,” he said.