Bringing a halt to the campaign against his magnum opus Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has decided to screen the film for the Rajput community. The film has been marred by many controversies regarding its historical relevance and to prove that their concerns are unfounded, Bhansali has decided to go ahead with a special screening of the film for an assigned team of the members of the Rajput community to assess it.
While speaking to Mid Day, the National President of Akhand Rajputana Seva Sangh, RP Singh confirmed the same saying, “I got a call from Mahavir Jain who is the mediator between Bhansali and the Rajput Sanghatna, on Saturday night. He put me on a conference call with Shobha Sant (CEO Bhansali Productions). She told me that they are ready to show the movie to a team before the release.” He further revealed that the screening will take place somewhere between 15-18 November. “The screening will be held sometime between November 15 to 18.” ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor On Padmavati Controversies: Watch The Film First Then Decide For Yourself
RP Singh stated that the film didn’t showcase a dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji is one of the matters they want to ensure. While talking about it, he said, “The makers said that there is no dream sequence, but they never gave it in writing.” Apart from the dream sequence, the Rajput community also wants to ensure that the maker fo this period drama has included the tale of the brave Goora and Badal, the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for Maharawal Ratan Singh. “We’ve heard that the Raja has been shown in a negative light. Aap Raja ko gaalt nahin dikha sakhte. We also wanted Bhansali to show Raja’s trusted shoorveers, Gora and Badal- they sacrificed their lives to set the Raja free. Bhansali needs to ensure that our concerns are unfounded.”
A team who will witness the screening will include members of the community, historians, and literati constituted by Rajyavadhan Rathore. Singh said, “Once we see the film, we can convince others that the film does not distort history in any way. On the other hand, if we see a misinterpretation, we can express our reservations.” Padmavati releases on December 1 this year.