Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’ is an “insult” to Indian women and an “attempt to assassin” their character by showing them in poor light, a RSS affiliate said today. “These days filmmakers want to make money at any cost even by distorting historical facts and tempering the national pride,” national general secretary of RSS affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana (ABISY) Balmukund Pandey said. Pandey was speaking at a conference on ‘Rani Padmavati’ here organised by the ABISY, which works in the fields related to India’s ancient history and culture. “Rani Padmavati is a very respected figure in Indian history. This film is not only an insult to her but also to Indian women and is an attempt to assassin their character,” he said. Taking on Bhansali, Pandey said the issue would not be resolved by showing the movie to a select few people, it is a matter of national pride.
The makers of the film, which features Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles, have deferred its release from December 1. Many Rajput groups have been up in arms against the film, alleging that it distorts history by featuring a romantic dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, a claim repeatedly denied by Bhansali. A number of organisations, especially Karni Sena, have been opposing the release of the period drama claiming that it has portrayed the Rajput queen in bad light. BJP-ruled states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have expressed reservations about releasing the film. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said his government will not allow ‘Padmavati’ to be screened in the state as it hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community.