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Rajasthan historians give green light to Padmaavat

R S Khangarot and B L Gupta, professors of history, have said there was nothing in the film would hurt any community.

jaipur Updated: Jan 30, 2018 13:50 IST
Rakesh Goswami
Rakesh Goswami
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Security personnel stand guard outside a theatre after the release of Hindi film Padmaavat in New Delhi.
Security personnel stand guard outside a theatre after the release of Hindi film Padmaavat in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Two Rajasthan historians have given the green light to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat after watching the film in Bangalore at the behest of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar.

R S Khangarot and B L Gupta watched the film at Sri Sri’s ashram in Bengaluru on Sunday.

“The film doesn’t have anything from history and with all the modifications that the filmmaker has made, I don’t think any section of society will have any problem with it,” said Khangarot, principal and professor of history at Jaipur’s Agarwal Postgraduate College.

Gupta, former professor of history at University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, also said there is no scene in the film that will hurt the sentiments of any community.

Bhansali’s film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor ran into controversy over alleged distortion in history over the portrayal of 13th century Chittor queen Rani Padmini. The film’s name was changed and modifications made before the Central Board of Film Certification cleared it for release.

However, with Rajput groups Karni Sena and the Rashtriya Karni Sena protesting, the film did not release in Rajasthan and other states despite the Supreme Court’s orders to do so.

The two groups did not comment on the historians’ clearing the film.

Khangarot said he got a call from Sri Sri’s ashram on Saturday. “The caller said Sri Sri wanted to mediate between protesting Rajputs and Bhansali for truce. We were called to Bangalore on Sunday and we saw the film in the evening,” he said.

The historians returned to Jaipur on Monday evening.

Earlier, the CBFC had called Khangarot to Mumbai for a select screening of the film before it certified it but he couldn’t go because of a prior engagement.

“I got a call from Prasoon Joshi on December 22. He wanted to show the film to a panel of historians and some members of the former Mewar royal family in the month end. I couldn’t go because I was travelling to Dubai,” said the historian.

It was reported that Gupta was also invited by the CBFC for the special screening.

Historians Kapil Kumar of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and descendants of the Mewar royal family, Arvind Singh, saw the film during the special screening, after which the CBFC certified the period film on December 28.

Earlier, filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker also had a run-in with the Karni Sena in 2007 when he was shooting Jodhaa Akbar in Rajasthan. The filmmaker later consulted Khangarot for historical facts of the film as the historian had worked on an academic paper on the subject.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 13:17 IST

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