Ahmedabad, Jan 12: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday said that the controversial film Padmaavat will not be released in the state on January 25. Gujarat became the second state to ban the film after the Rajasthan government led by chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia. The latest move comes after many groups including Rajput Karni Sena objected to the film. The tensions over the film escalated on Friday when Karni Sena activists led a protest in Mumbai.
The protesters said changing the name of the film from ‘Padmavati’ to Padmavat was not enough. “The police are detaining us without any reason. We are not here for any type of rebellious activity, we just wanted to talk to the CBFC and tell them that Padmavat film violates the Indian history and request them to not release it,”ANI quoted by Prakash Singh Parmar as saying. Parmar added the CBFC should refrain from activities which may hurt the sentiments.
“Therefore, we all came here to have a discussion but they have detained us. They have changed the name of the film but that does not change anything,” Parmar stated.
On December 30, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) allowed the producers to release the film after asking them to change the title to ‘Padmavat’ instead of ‘Padmavati’. The Board has also suggested modifications in the disclaimer of the film, making it clear that it did not glorify the practice of ‘sati’ and relevant changes in one of the song.
Queen Padmini is considered by Rajputs as a symbol of the community’s tradition of putting honour above everything else. Her role is played by Deepika Padukone.
However, some historians doubt the existence of the queen and say she is a fictional character first portrayed in a 16th-century poem as having committed jauhar, the medieval practice in which female royals walked into funeral fires to embrace death over the dishonour of being taken captive.