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Maharashtra government to give protection to Padmaavat; MNS backs film

Tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal, who belongs to the Rajput community, urged the audiences not to watch the film, as it has distorted history and shown queen Padmavati in bad light.

mumbai Updated: Jan 24, 2018 09:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal, who belongs to the Rajput community, urged the audiences not to watch the film, as it has distorted history and shown queen Padmavati in bad light. (FILE)

The state government on Tuesday promised to give protection to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat, which will release on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) announced its support to the government move.

The film has been facing the flak for “distorting history and showing queen Padmavati in poor light”. While Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh banned the release, the SC last week stayed the ban. “It is our responsibility to follow the Supreme Court order and provide security to theatres. We have spoken to theatre owners and their organisations, promising them security to ensure peaceful release. Screening the film will be a decision of theatre operators,” said Deepak Kesarkar, minister of state for home.

Tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal, who belongs to the Rajput community, urged the audiences not to watch the film, as it has distorted history and shown queen Padmavati in bad light.

Kesarkar said, “Whatever Rawal has said is his opinion, as he belongs to the community. As government, we are duty-bound to follow the SC order.”

The MNS expressed support to the film. “If anyone tries to stop the release in Mumbai and Maharashtra, we will protect the director and actors of the movie,” said Shalini Thackeray, working president, Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena.

She said the MNS had objected to some films in the past, but that was because of genuine reasons. “We expressed our opposition only if some films used ‘Bombay’ instead of ‘Mumbai’ or got actors from Pakistan,” she said.

“Although some outfits raised objections over ‘Bajirao Mastani’, the MNS did not support them. Those who oppose movies made on historical topics need to realise a movie is not a documentary. Any writer or director has cinematic liberty,” Thackeray said.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 09:44 IST