Padmaavat not screened in Rajasthan amid sporadic protests from Karni Sena
In Jaipur, more than a thousand Karni Sena members took part in a peace march.Updated: Jan 25, 2018 22:20 IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur/Bharatpur
Controversial film Padmaavat was not screened in Rajasthan on Thursday amid a shutdown called by the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS), whose activists held rallies and protests in several cities and towns against the film.
The film was not screened in Rajasthan as two major film distributors had refused to make the film available to cinema hall owners and most hall owners too had refused to screen the film.
Rajput outfits, with Lokendra Singh Kalvi’s SRKS at the forefront, have been protesting against the film as it allegedly distorts history. The film is based on 14th-century Chittor queen Padmini and it hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community.
In Jaipur, more than a thousand members of the Karni Sena marched from Bhavani Niketan to Shri Rajput Sabha Bhavan, in what they called a peace march. Shouting slogans against the Padmaavat producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the members reiterated their stand on the film and rejoiced the fact that the film was not being screened in the state.
“We (Rajputs) are being portrayed as villains. Nobody knows who threw stones at the bus carrying school children in Gurgaon. However, Rajput youth and members of the Karni Sena are being shown as the culprits. We took out a peaceful march through the markets on Thursday and not one person was harmed,” said Mahipal Singh Makrana, the state president of Shri Rajput Karni Sena.
In Udaipur, the protesters blocked NH 76 and burnt tyres and staged protests demanding a countrywide ban on the film. Most people kept their shops and establishments closed. The agitators also gathered at various other places in the city and vandalized establishments which were open.
Karni Sena in Barmer called for a bandh on Thursday. People extended their support and shops and businesses were closed. A day earlier, members of the Karni Sena met members of various trade organisations and requested their support on the issue. Schools, colleges and emergency services remained unaffected.
Security was beefed up in both the districts, especially outside cinema halls, and a large number of cops remained deployed across the two districts.
Members of the Sarva Hindu Samaj demonstrated on the Kota-Jaipur National Highway to protest against the film. Protesters burnt Bhansali’s effigy in protest. Later, they blocked the national highway due to which traffic remained affected for a while.
Law and order will be maintained: Kataria
Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that no one has the right to break the law and action will be taken against those who break the law.
Kataria reached Bharatpur on Thursday to attend a programme.
First Published: Jan 25, 2018 22:20 IST