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‘Not Rajput women, Bhansali will have to commit jauhar if Padmaavat released’

Women from the Rajput community said they were firm on the decision for a ban on the film.

jaipur Updated: Jan 18, 2018 22:59 IST
HT Correspondent
Rajput women during a press conference on  movie Padmavat at Rajput Sabha Bhawan in Jaipur on Thursday.
Rajput women during a press conference on movie Padmavat at Rajput Sabha Bhawan in Jaipur on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Women from the Rajput community Thursday warned Sanjay Leela Bhansali that he would have to commit jauhar (self immolation) if his film ‘Padmaavat’ was released.

Addressing a press conference hours after Supreme Court paved way for nationwide release of the film that was banned by four states, including Rajasthan, the women said that the community was firm on its decision for a ban on the film.

“We respect the Supreme Court order but we feel it’s one-sided. We will file a petition in court and also meet the President with our version on the matter,” said Hemendra Kumari, working committee member, Rajput Sabha.

“We are fighting for our dignity and our history,” said Prerna Shekhawat, Kshatriya Mahila Sangh president. “When Arvind Singh ji of Udaipur has seen the film and rejected it, then why are the film-makers insisting on releasing it,” she asked.

Kumkum Singh Chittoda, working committee member of the Rajput Sabha said “Why is this film so important that it has to be released even after opposition? We will not accept any distortion of our history.”

Asked about some 1,800 women who have threatened to commit jauhar in Chittor if the film is released, Ramwati Kanwar of the Kshatriya Mahila Sangh said, “Why should those women commit jauhar? It is Bhansali who will have to commit jauhar. Hum Bhansali ki chita jalayenge.”

Hemendra Kumari said a peaceful solution to the fraught issue could be found if the government invited the affected parties for a dialogue.

The Rajput community has carried out a violent protest since last year against the film for allegedly distorting history and depicting Queen Padmini of Chittor in poor light.