Descendants of Bajirao Mastani in Bhopal have urged producer and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali not to distort historical facts in his upcoming movie starring actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. The movie is slated to release on December 18.
The descendants of the second wife of Peshwa Baji Rao I, a Maratha general, have also requested Bhansali to either show them the movie or its script before its release. They are also demanding a part of the earning from the movie as royalty for the family, citing that the royalty would be used for the restoration of the grave of Bajirao Mastani in Paval near Pune.
Addressing media persons on Monday, Tamkeen Ali Bahadur, a descendant of Bajirao Mastani, said: “We had filed a petition in Jabalpur high court pleading that historical facts should not be distorted while making the movie, but the high court asked us to talk to Central board for Film Certification.”
“We are the seventh generation of Peshwa Baji Rao and we do not want our ancestors to be presented in a wrong light. K Asif had made Mughal-e-Azam and developed a story of Salim and Anarkali, which has no historical truth in it, but people now remember them in form of that love story,” said Tamkeen.
Producing the details of the bloodline, Tamkeen’s nephew, Umar Ali Bahadur, said the references to their family were found at Shanivarvada and Kelkar Museum in Pune apart from other history books.