New Delhi, Nov 14: A group of people vandalised a cinema hall in Kota, Rajasthan on Tuesday in protest against it showing the trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversy-hit film – Padmavati.
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The men, who claimed to be associated with the Rajput organisation – Karni Sena, barged into Akash Mall which also houses a multi-screen cinema hall and went on smashing glass windows. The ticket counter of the cinema hall was also damaged by the protesting men who shouted slogans against the makers of the film which is slated for December 1 release.
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Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said eight people have been arrested for the attack. Kataria said no one will be allowed to break the law of the land.
“In a democracy everyone has right to protest. If they protest democratically, no one will have an objection. If they take law in their hands, then they will be punished according to the law. I have been told that eight people have been arrested,” Kataria said.
The film, which stars Deepika Padukone as Padmavati, has triggered a massive controversy with various Rajput groups, including the Karni Sena, threatening to disrupt the screening of the movie, accusing Bhansali of “distorting” historical facts. (Also Read: Padmavati Row: Supreme Court Dismisses PIL Seeking Stay on Release of Film)
Bhansali has been facing trouble since the beginning as the sets of the movie were vandalised and the director was slapped by some members of the Karni Sena earlier this year.
The set of the movie was again vandalised in Kolhapur, with the miscreants burning the costumes in March this year.
Bhansali and his team have repeatedly assured that there are no romantic scenes between Rani Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone, and Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh. The movie also stars Shahid Kapoor in the role Raja Rawal Ratan Singh.
Bhansali had recently posted a video on Padmavati’s official Twitter account calling the film his tribute to the “sacrifice, valour and honour” of Rani Padmavati.