‘Padmavat’ row: On Rajput pride and distortion of history, here’s what Sanjay Leela Bhansali has to say

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New Delhi | Published: January 15, 2018 10:41:08 AM

Amidst ongoing protests and controversies surrounding his upcoming movie 'Padmavat', noted film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Wednesday said that he has kept the pride and honour of Rajputs in mind while making the film.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali opens up on his upcoming flick

Amidst ongoing protests and controversies surrounding his upcoming movie ‘Padmavat’, noted film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Wednesday said that he has kept the pride and honour of Rajputs in mind while making the film. The director said that the lavishly mounted period drama, which hits the screens on January 25, is a dream come true for him. “‘Padmaavat’ is a dream come true for me. I have always been fascinated by the stories of honour, valour and vigour of our great Rajput warriors that have been captured so beautifully in our literature and this movie is my homage to those glorious stories,” Bhansali said in a statement.

Asserting that his film upholds the honour of Rajputs, Bhansali said that he has not depicted anything that will hurt anyone’s sentiments. A post on the official Twitter handle of ‘Padmaavat’, read: “This is my tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rani Padmavati! – Sanjay Leela Bhansali”. In an accompanying video link, Bhansali said, “I`ve made this film `Padmavati` with a lot of sincerity, responsibility and hard work. I have always been inspired by Rani Padmavati’s story and this film salutes her valour and sacrifice. But because of some rumours, this film has become a subject of controversy.”

“What triggered the controversy is the fact that the film has a dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji – something that I have already denied even in written. Now, through this video, I am reiterating that in our film, Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji have no such scene together which hurts anyone`s sentiments,” the director said.

During the country-wide protests against the film, many members of the industry came forward in support of the filmmaker and the cast. In his statement, Bhansali also thanked the fraternity for their unwavering support. “I would also like to thank the entire film fraternity for supporting Viacom18 and Bhansali Productions through the entire production and pre-release phase and hope they like the film they so supported,” he said.

The movie, being termed an epic historical drama, features Deepika Padukone as Rajput queen Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji. It is slated to release on December 1, but the film has been mired in controversy ever since it was being shot, over alleged distortion of facts.

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