After Rajasthan and Gujarat chief ministers decided to ban the Deepika Padukone–Shahid Kapoor–Ranveer Singh starrer Padmaavat in their respective seats, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that the film will not be banned from releasing in his state. After much delay, the CBFC finally decided to release the film on January 25 this year albeit with a few changes. When Chouhan was asked if the film would be banned in MP, he told the reporters today, “Jo Kaha tha, wo hoga (What I had said, will happen).” However, he did not clarify. It was during a media interaction organised to mark the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, that Chouhan said this.
It was during an interaction with some members of the Rajput community on November 20, last year that Chouhan had mentioned specifically that the film would not be allowed to release in the state if it contains scenes “breaching the honour” of the Rajput queen Padmavati or features “distorted facts”. ” We will not tolerate any distortion of historical facts. The entire country is speaking in one voice that historical facts were distorted (in the movie),” he had said. (ALSO READ : Deepika Padukone’s Ghoomar Song To Undergo Major Change Before Padmaavat Hits Screens – Exclusive)
The film has been embroiled in controversies ever since the news of it being produced first made headlines. There was a buzz doing the rounds initially that a romantic dream sequence between Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer) and Padmavati (Deepika) will be a part of the film. This, of course, didn’t go down well with the Rajputs and Karni Sena, who started vandalising properties, protesting, threatening to burn theatres and doing everything to ban the film. The Rajasthan Government, had thus decided to ban the film even before its initial release date ie December 1, in order to maintain peace and order in the state. And now, despite the film being given a certificate by the CBFC , and the official release date being declared, all three states–Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh are continuing with its stance to disallow the release of the film on January 25. What are your thoughts on the latest development? Write your viewpoints in the comments’ section below and watch out this space for more Padmaavat related details.
(With inputs from PTI)