It won’t be an exaggeration of facts to say that Padmaavat is the most controversial film ever made in the history of Bollywood. Ever since its conception, Padmaavat has been embroiled into controversies. From ransacking film sets, to the actors and director getting death threats, Padmaavat cast and crew has seen it all. Now that after a long battle in the political landscape the film is all set to witness a pan-India release after The Supreme Court stayed the ban imposed by state governments. Check out what what has happened so far:
- It all started when a group of Karni sena members ransacked the sets of Padmaavat in Rjastahan alleging that the film potrayed the
Rajput Queen in wrong lights. The groups had objected to the depiction of their legendary queen and alleged a distortion of history. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali who was defenceless was assulted and slapped. The costly film sets and equipments were destroyed which halted the shooting of the movie for days. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje even shot a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani asking her that the movie should not be released in the state without making necessary changes.
- In March 2017, once again the sets of Padmavati were vandalised in Kolhapur’s Masai plateau during the night and were set on fire hurting the animals which were present at the time of the incident. About 20 to 30 people reached the sets of the film armed with petrol bombs, stones and lathis. Before putting the set of the movie on fire, they torched the fodder kept for animals and even destroyed the costumes kept there.
- After the protest by Rajput Karni Sena to watch the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directoial before its actual release, BJP decided to write to the Election Commission, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the Central government to temporarily hold the release of the film for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Kshatriya community.
- Protests Padmavati intensified in Rajasthan with several organisations stating their objection to the film questioning Rani Padmini’s portrayal, and the distributors were keen on getting away from the project.
- Padmaavat was asked to banned not only by the state governments but by the Mewar royals as well. Protests errupted in several parts of India, demanding ban to be imposed on the film.
- Sanjay Lela Bhansali kept on receiving death threats and Deepika Padukone to was not be spared. Mahipal Singh Makrana of Rajput Karni Sena has now threatened to cut off Deepika Padukone’s nose if the film is released. Meerut-based Thakur leader Abhishek Som had also promised to give Rs 5 crore to the person who beheads Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone.
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial Padmavati’s release date has been deferred. The film was scheduled to be released on December 1. Rhe makers after a slew of protests and controversies postpomd the release date.
- Reports suggesting that the Censor Board had imposed a staggering number of 300 cuts on Padmaavat were doing the rounds on the internet. Setting the record straight, CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi told IANS that no cuts were suggested, only five modifications.
- Almost ten days after the Central Board for Film Certification cleared it with a U/A certificate, Padmaavat had a new release date. The makers officially confirmed that the film will hit the screens on January 25.
- Padmaavat was banned in several states in India like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh to name a few.
- Padmaavat members challenge the announcement of bans by the state governments and seeks for he intervention og Supreme Court. SC stays the ban on Padmaavat and now it is set for a pan-India release.