The Supreme Court latest order to lift the ban on Padmaavat release in 6 states that banned it has infused a new life into the film. However, the grey clouds are still looming large over the movie as some interested parties have threatened violence and much worse. In fact, the Supreme Court’s order hasn’t been taken well by many groups. Women from the Jauhar Kshatriya Manch have threatened to perform ‘jauhar’ or mass self-immolation on January 24 upon the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmaavat. “We have been protesting against the release of this film ever since we came to know of it. However, the government did not pay heed to our demands and decided to favour Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Hence, we have decided that some women will perform Jauhar on January 24. We are not afraid of death,” said a member of the Jauhar Kshatriya Manch as per a report by ANI.
The Manch has also equated film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali with Sultan Alauddin Khilji and claimed that they will go to any extent to protect their heritage and dignity of Rani Padmini. The Manch also cited the example of Kamal Haasan’s flick Vishwaroopam and asked that if Kamal Haasan’s film can be banned, why not Padmaavat, as per the report.
Meanwhile, Suraj Pal Amu, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader who announced a Rs 10-crore reward for the beheading of actor Deepika Padukone and Padmaavat director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, said that the country will be “torn apart” if the film releases on January 25. “The Supreme Court has hurt the sentiments of the lakhs of Hindus who respect it,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. “Our protest will continue even if I am hanged to death.” Reportedly, the members of the Rajput community in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur threatened to burn down movie halls that screen Padmaavat.
Bhansali’s film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh is a cinematic adaptation of the epic poem Padmavat written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.