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Padmavati row: Splinter Karni Sena group warns of violence if movie is released

The screening of the film was held in the presence of committee members comprising regular examining committee members along with the CBFC officials and a special advisory panel.

bollywood Updated: Dec 30, 2017 17:22 IST
Manoj Ahuja
People burn effigies during a protest against film maker Sanjay Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati in Rajasthan's Bikaner.
People burn effigies during a protest against film maker Sanjay Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati in Rajasthan's Bikaner.(PTI)

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) move to clear film Padmavati with some suggested modification and change of film’s title to Padmavat’ has failed to mollify the Rajput community in Rajasthan.

“Central Board of Film Certification had examining committee meeting on 28 December to review Padmavati and decided to give it UA certificate along with some modifications and likely change of the title to Padmavat. Certificate to be issued once required and agreed modifications are made,” ANI tweeted on Saturday.

The screening of the film was held in the presence of committee members comprising regular examining committee members along with the CBFC officials and a special advisory panel. The special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur and Dr Chandramani Singh and Prof K K Singh of the Rajasthan University.

Rajput Sabha president Giriraj Singh Lotawara said, “The panel that was formed to watch the movie was of the view that historical facts have been distorted. It shows that CBFC has gone out of its way to help the filmmaker. We will protest if the film is released, and the government will face the music.”

Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, president of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena, a splinter group, warned of violent agitation if the movie was released. “We will vandalize the cinema halls if the movie is released. We want a complete ban,” he said.

Padmavat is an epic written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi and is based on a fictional story about Alauddin Khalji and his desire for Padmavati, the queen of Chittor.

Apart from change in the title, the reviewing committee also sought adding disclaimers, pertinently regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati that has been banned and making modifications to the song Ghoomar. “The members of the special panel also had some reservations regarding the claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects,” sources said.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi reacted with caution. “There is a lot of speculation, and I would wait for some clarity to emerge before commenting on the issue. For now I would like to point out that only three of the nine panel members watched the screening. I have also been told that CBFC has suggested 26 cuts. So let’s wait and see,” he told HT.

In November, the Rajput community leaders had rejected filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s contention that the movie Padmavati upholds the honour of Rajputs and does not depict anything that may hurt sentiments.

The Rajput Karni Sena, which had demolished the sets of the movie in Jaipur and reportedly hit Bhansali, has also warned the director to show the movie with “historically correct” facts. Later, a set of the film in Kolhapur was vandalised and set on fire.