Will burn cinema halls screening Padmavati, if film is released without our approval: Jai Rajputana Sangh
Members of a Rajput outfit have said that if Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati is released without being pre-screened to Rajput organisations, they will burn cinema halls and multiplexes screening the film.
Members of the Jai Rajputana Sangh on Saturday met the management of several cinema halls and multiplexes in Jaipur and warned them against screening the Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone-starrer film.
“We won’t tolerate any distortion of history and if any romantic relationship is shown between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, we will burn cinema halls screening the film,” said Bhanwar Singh Reta, founder, Jai Rajputana Sangh on Sunday.
“Our members are trained in handling a large array of weapons ranging from swords to AK 47 guns. We won’t let anyone dishonour Padmavati and insult the people of Rajasthan,” said Reta, who claimed that he holds an MBA degree and heads the Sangh, which has 2.65 lakh members.
He added that warning letters have also been sent to cinema halls outside Rajasthan in states such as Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Around 200 cinema halls in Rajasthan have been sent the warning letter, he said.
“Our demand is that the filmmakers screen it to a panel of representatives from various Rajput organizations. We will only give them a go-ahead to release the film after we are satisfied that no scene insults queen Padmavati,” said Reta.
The members of the Sangh also criticised Union Information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani and burnt her effigy. “Irani had said that the film will face no trouble during its release. We condemn this statement,” said Reta.
Earlier, members of the Karni Sena had burnt posters of the film last month and demanded that it be pre-screened to Rajput and Hindu outfits.
The film, which is scheduled to release on December 1, has been facing threats from Rajput outfits who have said that no distortion of history will be tolerated.
In January this year, the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur were vandalized by members of the Karni Sena and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly manhandled.