Rajput and other communities in Rajasthan, who have been protesting against Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama ‘Padmaavat’ have announced that they will launch fresh protests in Chittorgarh against the release of the film from January 17, 2018. The communities have also informed that they will take up the issue with Home Minister Rajnath Singh as their representatives will be meeting him on Sunday. Padmaavat has been facing protests since the announcement of the film’s release and has suffered multiple postponements with several states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh banning the release of the film.
The film will now release on January 25. However, fresh demands for banning the film has come up despite clearance from the CBFC. Earlier, Rajasthan High Court had said it they would like to watch the film before deciding on its release in the state. According to reports, the court has asked for a screening date of January 23 while hearing a plea from Bhansali asking to quash an FIR lodged against him in Didwana in Merta in March, 2017.
The controversy surrounding the tale of a Rajput princess portrayed on screen by Deepika Padukone is refusing to die down. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani recently declared complete ban on the film in Gujarat. While speaking to media, Rupani had said, “Film Padmavat will not be released in Gujarat.” Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also resonated Rupani’s voice and said that the earlier decision of blanket ban across MP would persist. On Friday, Karni Sena activists carried out protests outside the CBFC office and expressed their disapproval with the Censor Board’s decision to release the film. A Karni Sena member, according to reports, has informed that the group will take up the issue with PM Narendra Modi as they are convinced that the film will ruin Rajput community’s culture, heritage as the perception projected on screen is wrong.
However, UP-led Yogi Adityanath’s government has surprisingly given nod in favour of releasing the film in the state as they have agreed with the recent modifications and changes done to the film by the CBFC, according to a report.