Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmini in Padmaavat.
Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmini in Padmaavat.

Padmaavat: Deepika Padukone’s Ghoomar played in welcome performance for PM Modi, Netanyahu

PM Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu watch performance on Padmaavat’s song Ghoomar.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2018 09:57 AM IST

Even as the hue and cry around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat refuses to die down and demands to ban the film increase as the January 25 release date approaches, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PM Narendra Modi were reportedly welcomed with a dance set to the ‘controversial song’ from the film, Ghoomar, in Ahmedabad.

According to an India Today report and Scroll report Ghoomar was played at a cultural function organised to welcome Netanyahu.

Ghoomar is being opposed by several states, including Haryana and Rajasthan.Earlier this week, members of the fringe group Karni Sena vandalised a private school campus in Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh) after students performed on Ghoomar.

Reacting to the incident of vandalism, Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhoopendra Singh had told ANI, “MP govt banned #Padmaavat, people shouldn’t even play songs of it. If someone plays a banned song, it must be reported to police & not take matter in your own hands. Action to be taken against culprits.”

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, the film is based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat. Protests raged across India against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film for allegedly distorting history, a charge the filmmakers have vehemently denied.

Currently on an official visit to India, Netanyahu will pay tributes to the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack victims and attend a Shalom Bollywood event during his visit to Mumbai on Thursday.

Originally titled Padmavati, the film’s name was changed to Padmaavat as suggested by the CBFC. The board recently cleared the film for release with U/A certificate and a set of five modifications. The movie has been facing violent protests by the fringe group, Shri Rajput Karni Sena who blame the director and lead actors of insulting Rajputs and the community’s honour. Protesters have issued death threats against Bhansali and Deepika over allegations that the queen romances Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji in the movie – a charge the filmmakers have denied.

Slated to hit theatres on January 25, Padmaavat is now set for a box office clash with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan.

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