Padmavati row: Karni Sena to hold Mahakumbh in Chittor
Shri Rajput Karni Sena ran a violent campaign last year demanding a ban on the film.Updated: Jan 05, 2018 20:26 IST
The Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Friday announced that it will hold a mahakumbh in Chittor on January 27 as a show of strength of the Rajput community which is demanding a ban on the film Padmavati.
Lokendra Singh Kalvi, chief of the Karni Sena, said, “We want our force to be felt. Through us we want the world to see the virtuous land of queen Padmini and Bappa Rawal.”
“I am exhorting all Rajput organisations, social organisations and like-minded persons to congregate in Chittor. I will hold a mahakumbh on the land where Padmini committed jauhar.”
The Shri Rajput Karni Sena ran a violent campaign last year demanding a ban on Padmavati, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus that allegedly distorts history and shows queen Padmini in poor light.
Kalvi said that the pre-screening of the film for historians was a big victory for the Sena as they have long been demanding that such a pre-screening board be set up for historical films that will look into and resolve any controversy.
“On January 30, 2017, Bhansali had promised us that he would hold a pre-screening for us when the film was ready. But he went back on his word. He was to hold a screening for nine people but invited only three – former royal Arvind Singh Mewada, historians KK Singh and Chandramani Singh. All three have unanimously said the film should not be released.”
“There was talk of chopping off heads and noses over Padmini. But all that has got chopped off is the ‘I’ in Padmavati,” said Kalvi.
He said Bhansali was still not clear if the film in historical or fiction. “He has changed his stance several times. In Parliament, he told the panel that the film is fiction while in the UK he applied for certification under the historical drama category.”
“Bhansali screened the film for select journalists who praised it to the skies. But then why this talk of 26 cuts recommended by the Central Board of Film Certification and changes to the song ghoomar?”
He said that the film’s popularity has gone up due to the Karni Sena and the controversy generated over it. “Our problem is that the film depicts history incorrectly and it should not become a means to earn money. The filmmakers might be thinking that they can save money on advertisements due to the controversy and then try to arrive at a compromise. But we will only settle for a ban,” he said.
“I visited capitals of all states except Kolkata and Srinagar. Six states have so far agreed to ban the film. Now, I am hopeful that prime minister Narendra Modi will do something.”