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Padmavati won’t release in Rajasthan till Rajput leaders clear film: Minister Pushpendra Singh

Padmavati had courted controversy in Rajasthan with members of a Rajput group, Karni Sena, holding protests, alleging distortion of historical facts by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone play lead roles in the film.

bollywood Updated: Mar 06, 2017 12:17 IST
Press Trust of India
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Deepika Padukone has worked with Bhansali in Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani.

The Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone-starrer film is still in the production stage but troubles for the movie do not seem to end. Days after violent attacks on filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his crew, a state minister has now said Padmavati will not get a release in Rajasthan till it is shown to the Rajput community leaders.

The film had courted controversy in the state with members of a Rajput group, Karni Sena, holding protests against Padmavati, alleging distortion of historical facts by the filmmaker.

Addressing a protest organised by Savarna Adhikar Aarakshan Manch near the assembly building on Friday, Energy Minister Pushpendra Singh had assured a section of the Rajput community that the film will not be released in the state. “We will not allow the release of the film in Rajasthan till it is screened to our community members,” the minister had told the gathering.

Deepika and Ranveer in a still from Ram Leela - Goliyon Ki Rasleela.

A complete ban on the upcoming film in Rajasthan, quota for economically backward upper castes, including Rajputs, Brahmans and others, formation of a board for upper castes, a CBI probe into the murder of a Rajput community member -- Chatur Singh Sodha in Jaisalmer -- were the demands of the protesters who were led by national president of Shree Rastriya Rajput Karni Sena Sukhdev Singh.

Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena is an offshoot of Karni Sena which had hit headlines sometime back for staging protest against Bhansali’s film.

In January, Bhansali and his crew had cancelled the shooting of Padmavati here in the wake of assault on him and vandalism on the sets of the movie by a Rajput group that has triggered outrage in the film industry.

Bhansali was roughed up by members of a Rajput community group, who had also stopped the shooting of the film by damaging the set at Jaigarh Fort, alleging that the director was “distorting facts” in the movie which is about Alauddin Khilji’s obsession with Rani Padmavati.

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First Published: Mar 04, 2017 11:58 IST