Padmaavat release: The ongoing protests and vandalising of theatres have hit the Deepika Padukone starrer, Sanjay Leela Bhansali film ‘Padmaavat’. Objections by certain groups against the release of the film are still continuing despite Supreme Court order. From Gujarat to Lucknow to Gurugram, members of the protesting organizations have been protesting against the release of the movie. Owing to historical “inaccuracies” in “Padmaavat” that is headlined by Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Haryana had initially called for a ban on the film. Here’s how people are protesting against the release of the film:
Uttar Pradesh: Members of an organization burn Padmaavat posters and stage protest against the release of the movie in Lucknow. Protesters said that they will protest in front of every theatre and urge them not to screen the movie.
Rajasthan: Karni Sena claimed that royals of Rajasthan assured heritage sites will be closed till Padmaavat gets banned. However, the City Palace and Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, said that Rajmata Sahiba passed no such instructions and that fort will remain open as per its timings on all days. They refuted the rumour of its closure. Meanwhile, Rajput Karni Sena has threatened that the CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi, won’t be allowed to enter the state.
Gujarat: Protesters vandalised Rajhans Cinemas in Ahmedabad late last night Padmaavat. The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) today suspended its bus services in northern part of the state, following violent protests by Rajput community members against the release of the film. The protesters had also tried to block roads by burning tyres in some parts of Banaskantha, Mehsana, Surendranagar and Bhuj in protest against the film, set to release on January 25.
Haryana: Members of a Rajput organization had yesterday stage protest against Padmaavat in Ambala, and had said that they will burn down the theatres if the multiplex owners screen the film.
Members of Karni Sena distribute a memorandum in all the theatres of Gurugram asking them not to screen Padmaavat. When asked what would they do when the film is screened on 25th January, the Rajput caste group said, “wait and watch what happens on 25th”.
The Supreme Court had on Thursday paved the way for the nationwide release of “Padmaavat” on January 25 by lifting the ban on the screening of the controversial film in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The top court passed the interim order on the petition by Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd and other producers of the movie, challenging bar on the screening of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed movie by Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.