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Noida: Rajputs demand ban on release of Padmavati in Gautam Budh Nagar

The community members have collectively submitted a written memorandum to the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, to stop the film from screening in the district as it allegedly tarnishes the image of Rajput queen, Rani Padmini.

noida Updated: Oct 18, 2017 21:41 IST
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Deepika Padukone as Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film.
Deepika Padukone as Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film.

The Rajput community in Gautam Budh Nagar is up in arms against the release of much-awaited Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer, Padmavati, which is expected to hit the screens on December 1.

The community members have collectively submitted a written memorandum to the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, to stop the film from screening in the district as it allegedly tarnishes the image of Rajput queen, Rani Padmini.

Members of the Rajput community have warned the district administration of launching an intense protest if the film is released in its present form. There are about 3.5 lakh members of the Rajput community living in Gautam Budh Nagar.

Dheeraj Singh, the district president of Rajput Uththan Sabha, said, “Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has depicted a love affair between Rani Padmini and ruler of Delhi Sultanate, Allauddin Khilji, which is a
complete misrepresentation
of facts.”

“Rani Padmavati had committed jauhar (self-immolation) when the Rajput ruler of Mewar – Rawal Ratan Singh — was defeated at the hands of Khilji,” Singh said.

He said that the queen, to preserve the pride of Rajputana women, jumped into the fire along with 1,600 other Rajput women whose husbands had died fighting against Khilji’s army.

“Rani Padmini is regarded as the pride of Rajputana women and tarnishing her image would mean an insult to all Rajputana women and the community itself. Movie makers have creative liberty, but it is wrong to misinterpret history,” Singh said.

We will not allow the film to be screened in the district and will not allow putting up movie posters either, he said.

City magistrate, Mahendra Pratap Singh, said, “They have every right to register their protest, but taking law and order into their hands will not be tolerated.”

The film has been mired in controversy right from the beginning of its shooting.

In January, during the shooting of the movie in Jaipur, members of Shri Rajput Karni Sena staged a protest at Jaigarh Fort, attacked the filmmaker, Bhansali, and vandalised the movie sets.

In March, the Sena members again vandalised the Chittorgarh Fort and broke the mirrors installed in the palace of Rani Padmini, which, according to the Archaeological Survey of India, were put up around 40 years ago.