The situation for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati is getting stickier by the day. With the entire issue with the film’s historic connection, the film has been marred by controversy. Many have come in support of the film, stating that a film should be taken as a film and nothing more. However, the possibility of Bhansali having distorted historical facts is hurting communal sentiments. Regarding that, Deepika made her view known on the demand for a ban on the film. She said, “It’s absolutely appalling. Where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed.” And in response to that, a theatre in Kota, Rajasthan, was attacked by the Rajput Karni Sena.
As per a report on Mid Day, members of Rajput Karni Sena vandalised a cinema hall in Kota, Rajasthan, as the theatre was screening the film’s trailer. Vijendra Singh Kalyanwat, the spokesperson of Karni Sena, defends the outfit’s attack on the Kota theatre. “If the actor reacts to us, this is our way of giving it back. We will do whatever we can. Hum kanoon ko haath main kya, humare kadmon main bhi lenge! We have written our history with our blood and we won’t tolerate Bhansali distorting it,” he tells Mid Day.
We last told you that Bhansali had decided to specially screen the film for the Rajput community before the intended release, sometime between November 15 -18. Pointing that out, Kalyanwat says, “For months, we reached out to him by way of letters and emails, but he didn’t respond. Now, even if he is showing the movie, we are not interested. We demand a complete ban on the film. What Bhansali is doing is spreading cultural terrorism.”
While the concern was originally of romantic dream sequence between Khilji and Rani Padmini, it has now extended to the alleged wrongful depiction of the characters: “You can ask any Rajput woman and she will tell you, never has any woman danced the way Deepika Padukone is seen dancing in the song. There have been instances in the past where filmmakers have distorted our culture and tradition, but we won’t allow it this time,” he told the daily. The film is set to release on December 1 this year.