Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali may have made peace with Karni Sena by accepting their demands to alter the storyline of his upcoming film Padmavati, but his fraternity needs to brace for more engagement with the fringe group.
Karni Sena wants film scripts based on history to be vetted by a group of experts, which will include journalists and historians.
Founder of the Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi told Hindustan Times that the group will give a representation to the I&B Ministry, demanding that a “pre-screening board” be set up to vet movies with historical themes.
The committee could have a retired judge, two journalists and two historians (from states concerned).
He earlier iterated that films go to the Censor Board after they are made, but for historical films, there should be a pre-production check with groups about whom the films are being made.
Having compelled Bhansali to accept their demand for omitting romantic scenes or songs, including a dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in the film, the Karni Sena, wants film makers to undertake extensive research on the subject they are filming to ensure they do not hurt anyone’s sentiments or misinterpret history.
In January, the Karni Sena made it to the headlines when it attacked the crew of the Padmavati, including the director Bhansali at the film set in Rajasthan. The group has been demanding that Bhansali scrap any reference to a romantic alliance between Rani Padmavati, whose existence has been disputed by several historians and Khilji.
This was not Karni Sena’s first offensive against film makers.
In 2008, it protested against Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar for what it said was inaccurate portrayal of history and later disrupted filmmaker Ekta Kapoor’s session at the Jaipur Literature Festival over her TV series on the same subject.