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Padmaavat row: Now, Karni Sena wants its panel to watch film before it is released

Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi said Sanjay Leela Bhansali should implement changes that a panel four historians and two erstwhile royals suggest

jaipur Updated: Jan 23, 2018 21:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Actor Deepika Padukone at Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on Tuesday. Her film ‘Padmaavat’, in which she essays the role of central character releases on January 25. (AFP)

A caste based outfit that has been leading protest against ‘Padmaavat’, Tuesday named a six-member panel, which includes erstwhile royals and historians, to watch the film and suggest changes that should be enforced by the filmmakers before it is released in cinema halls on January 25.

Shree Rajput Karni Sena’s demand came even as some Rajput groups urged the Centre to issue an ordinance “within 24 hours” banning the film in view of “public sentiments”.

This came hours after the Supreme Court refused to modify its earlier order that had cleared the movie’s nationwide release.

Karni Sena chief patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi said they have named six persons — historians R S Khangarot, B L Gupta, Kapil Kumar, Roshan Sharma, and Vishwaraj Singh and Jagmal Singh, members of erstwhile royal families of Mewar and Banswara respectively — to watch the film before its release as proposed by Bhansali Productions in a letter on January 20.

“We know that the filmmaker is doing nothing but drama in the name of pre-screening. We were never against the film’s screening but he should make sure that the suggestions our members give should be considered and changes should be made accordingly,” Kalvi, who was in Porbandar in Gujarat, said over the phone.

Khangarot is the principal of Agrawal college in Jaipur, B L Gupta is a retired professor of the history department of the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur while Roshan Sharma is a Jaipur based historian. Kapil Kumar is a Delhi-based historian.

Kalvi, however, indicated that the resistance to film was not over yet and said that a “Janta curfew” will be imposed on cinema halls that exhibit the flick.

His outfit’s Rajasthan president Mahipal Makrana said that the government must use its powers to annul the certification of the film.

“Under Section 6 of The Cinematograph Act, the government has the power to do so. It must consider the law and order situation that might arise,” he said, and urged Union ministers Smriti Irani and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to annul CBFC certification of the film, as it formed the basis of the Supreme Court order.

“An undeclared emergency like situation has emerged where our sentiments have been set aside. After the Supreme Court’s decision, we now request the prime minister to intervene in the matter. The Centre should bring an ordinance within 24 hours to stop the film’s release,” Girraj Singh Lotwara, president of Jaipur based Rajput Sabha, said.

Members of the Rajput community protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's film ‘Padmaavat’ in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. (PTI)

Lotwara said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had once recited a poem on Rani Padmavati in the Parliament and now the BJP government should bring an ordinance to protect the legendary queen’s honour.

“Now when such character assassination of Padmavati is taking place in the country, if Modi ji remains indifferent and does not issue an ordinance, a message will be sent that it is all a game of connivance and (the government) is hand in glove (with the film makers),” he added.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that after the apex court order, the state government was left with no option but to maintain law and order. “And that we will do,” he said.

All district SPs were directed to remain alert and additional forces will be pressed into service wherever required to maintain law and order, additional director general (Law and Order) NRK Reddy said.

Additional police commissioner, Jaipur, Nitindeep Blaggan said proper security measures were being taken. “We have demanded additional force to maintain law and order,” he said.

Apart from the film’s release on January 25, the city is also hosting the annual Jaipur Literature Festival from January 25-29 and maintaining law and order would be a challenging task for the police, officials said.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 21:57 IST