Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” on Tuesday faced a ban in Haryana. Health Minister Anil Vij said a decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet. The government said keeping in view the sentiments of a large number of people who felt that historical had been “distorted” in the period drama. “In the last cabinet meeting, I had raised the issue of banning the film because of distortion of historical facts by the filmmaker,” Vij said. Pitching for ban again, the minister said, “In today’s Cabinet meeting, I again raised the issue and said the film should be banned in Haryana keeping in view the law and order situation of the state as the film was facing stiff opposition from various quarters.”
The state education minister had alleged that Bhansali had wrongly presented historical facts in the movie to “defame” the image of ‘Rani Padmavati’ which had hurt the sentiments of lakhs of people. “Rani Padmavati is the symbol of Indian women’ pride. The character assassination of Padmavati will not be tolerated at any level,” he had said earlier. Industry and Commerce Minister in the Khattar cabinet, Vipul Goel had also expressed concerns over the film.
Earlier, days after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) cleared the release of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, with several cuts and a change in the title to Padmaavat, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had announced that the film will not be screened in the state. “The movie will not be screened in any cinema hall in the state. Rani Padmini’s sacrifice is associated with honour, esteem and pride of the state, so Rani Padmini is not merely a history chapter for us, but is our self-esteem. We will not allow her dignity to be hurt howsoever,” the CM said in a statement.
Several protests were held in many parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, against the movie. Earlier a theatre in Kota was vandalised over the row. Actress Deepika Padukone had said that nothing could stop the release of the film and that India had regressed as a nation. This statement had incited anger amongst the people who tried to convey a message to the actress to stop making provocative statements.