Mumbai, Jan 19: The Rajput Karni Sena has now targeted Central Board of Film Certification chief Prasoon Joshi, saying he won’t be allowed to enter Rajashan. The members of the Karni Sena were also detained in Mumbai earlier this week while protesting outside CBFC office against clearance given to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. “Prasoon Joshi will not be allowed to enter Rajasthan,” said Sukhdev Singh of the Rajput Karni Sena on Friday. (Also Read: Padmaavat a ‘manhoos’ movie, says Asaduddin Owaisi) Also Read - Gangubai Kathiawadi Row: Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Leela Bhansali And Others Issued Summons
The Karni Sena has also said that it will file a review petition once it reads the whole Supreme Court order that was issued yesterday on giving a nod to Padmaavat. Singh also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the issue and threatened to approach the President to “ban the film across India”. Also Read - Sanjay Leela Bhansali Tests Negative For COVID-19, To Resume Work Soon
On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea, filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, claiming that the CBFC certificate issued to Padmaavat was illegal. The three-judge bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said, “The Court has to function as a constitutional court and it has already yesterday in its interim order said that states can’t block a movie from screening.” Also Read - Alia Bhatt Tests Negative For COVID-19, Resumes Work After Brief Isolation
This comes a day after the Supreme Court struck down the ban imposed on Padmaavat by four states – Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. The film has now been cleared to be released across all states in the country. However, the Rajput Karni Sena continues to remain defiant.
Karni Sena activists on Thursday attacked a cinema hall in Bihar’s Muzaffarabad and tore down posters of the movie scheduled for release on January 25. The incident took place at Jyoti cinema hall where the protesters came brandishing swords and wearing saffron head scarves and shouted slogans like ‘Jai Maa Bhavani’ and ‘Padmaavat ko ban karo’, SHO Vijay Kumar said.
The Karni Sena has also threatened Jauhar (self immolation) by over 1,000 women in Chittorgarh on January 24, a day before the film’s release. Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi has also given a call for a ‘janata curfew’ on January 25.
“Not only Rajputs but all communities in the country are opposing this film. We can’t give a call of ‘Bharat bandh’ as January 26 is our national festival, but a ‘janata curfew’ (people’s curfew) should be observed on the day of its release, January 25,” Kalvi said on Thursday.