Vadodara, Jan 28: A man was allegedly thrashed and assaulted by two persons in Ankleshwar town of Gujarat’s Vadodara for saying that he has ‘plans’ to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat ‘despite being a Rajput’. The police arrested the accused in connection with the case on Saturday. Also Read - This Indian-Origin Man Is in FBI's '10 Most Wanted' List Since 2017, Carries Rs 74 Lakh Reward
According to the complainant Upendrasingh Jadhav, a resident of Vadodara, the incident took place on January 24 when he was visiting Ankleshwar. Reportedly, the accused, identified as Bhargavgsinh Padhiyar and Ranjit Fuvad, overheard him speaking on phone with a friend inside the room of a hotel in Vadodara. During the conversation, Jadhav said that he plans to travel to Mumbai to watch Padmaavat. (Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh’s Padmaavat Rakes In Rs 56 Crore At The Box Office In 2 Days) Also Read - It Took 5 Whole Years For People to Appreciate Tamasha Starring Deepika Padukone And Ranbir Kapoor
Soon after, the duo, in a fit of rage, assaulted Jadhav saying, ‘How could he dare to watch the film, despite being a Rajput and despite the Karni Sena’s appeal for the film’s boycott’. Also Read - Gujarat: 5 Patients Dead as Fire Breaks Out in ICU of COVID Hospital in Rajkot; PM Modi Expresses Pain
The accused also shot a video of the assault and forced Jadhav to write an apology. After the video went viral on social media, Jadhav, feeling all the more humiliated, decided to approach police, he said in the complaint.
An officer from GIDC Ankleshwar police station said, “We have arrested Padhiyar and Fuvad under IPC sections 323 (assault) and 342 (wrongful confinement). They will be produced in a court later.”
Notably, Padmaavat has been facing stiff opposition from some Rajput groups for `distortion of history’ and the theatre owners in Gujarat have decided not to screen the film as of now, fearing violence.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama Padmaavat released nationwide on January 25. It stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.
(With inputs from PTI)