Ahead of the big January 25 release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited Padmaavat, violence has struck various areas of Ahmedabad. Dozens of people vandalised a mall and torched vehicles in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Tuesday evening, to protest against the release of the film Padmaavat as per an ANI report.
According to the report, a group of men vandalised the area outside a multiplex in Ahmedabad’s Thaltej and torched vehicles in protest against of the movie. Another incident of violence took place in Ahmedabad’s Memnagar where a mall and adjacent shops were vandalised. Vehicles were also torched. What’s more shocking that this happened with the police on the spot. Mall Manager Rakesh Mehta was quoted as saying by ANI that “we had put up boards saying we won’t screen the film still the mall was attacked by a horde of men”. As per another report by Aaj Tak, residents have complained about the inaction by the police at the time of these incidents. Meanwhile, Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel had given the assurance to the theatre owners saying that they will be given appropriate security ahead of the release.
Protest against Padmaavat is still intensifying in many areas of Maharashtra as well. Vehicular traffic on busy Sion-Panvel highway was briefly disrupted tonight after unidentified persons placed burning tyres on road to protest the forthcoming release of Bollywood film “Padmaavat”, police said. The incident occurred between Vashi toll plaza and Vashi village at around 7.45 PM when more than 25 protesters placed burning tyres on the highway, a top Navi Mumbai police officer said. “Miscreants burnt more than seven tyres before fleeing the spot,” Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale said in a message. The traffic was halted for about 20 minutes till the police removed the obstruction, he said. An offence is being registered at Vashi police station and search is on to trace the miscreants, he said.
“Padmaavat”, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the saga of the 13th Century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi. The film is scheduled to hit theatres on January 25. Rajput group–Karni Sena–has accused filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali of projecting queen Padmini of Chittorgarh in bad light and distorting history.