In the letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje urged her to ensure that ‘Padmavati’ is not released without necessary changes to the movie. Raje suggest that a committee of historians, film experts and members from the Rajput community be formed to look into the film’s subject and necessary changes be made to it so that it does not hurt the sentiments of any community. The chief minister has also said that the Censor Board consider all possible results before certifying the film, a day after the Board sent the film back to its makers because the application for the certification was “incomplete”.The letter is the first official communication from the Rajasthan chief minister on the controversy surrounding the epic drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles. Both Padukone and Bhansali have received threats.
The film is based on Rajput queen Padmavati and is scheduled to release on December 1. Various Rajput groups have been protesting across the country, including in Rajasthan, against releasing the film, alleging it “distorts” history and hurts sentiments of people. Yesterday, the protesters blocked entry to the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan. Today, a similar protest was held at the Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand district of the state. Raje said a filmmaker has the right to make a film as per their understanding but provisions were also there in the Constitution to control such rights in case of hurt to public sentiments and law and order.
Therefore, she said, there should be a rethink on the release of the film, an official statement said tonight. A delegation from Mewar region, comprising the state’s Urban Development Minister Shrichand Kriplani, MLA Chittorgarh Chandrabhan and others, met Raje at her residence and expressed gratitude for writing the letter to Irani.