New Delhi, January 18: While the controversy around the upcoming film Padmaavat has refused to die down, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were welcomed in Ahmedabad with dancers reportedly performing on the Ghoomar song from the film. The movie is scheduled to release on January 25 after much hue and cry and several Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states have declared that they will not allow screening of the movie in their state.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest News: Anguished Over Maharashtra Govt’s Decision, Passenger Associations Plan to Approach PM Modi For Travel Approval
According to an India Today report and Scroll report, Ghoomar was played at a cultural function organised to welcome Netanyahu. Also Read - Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai’s Cabinet to Have 26 New Ministers; Oath-taking Likely At 5 PM Today
The song Ghoomar is also being opposed by several states, including Haryana and Rajasthan. Earlier this week, members of the Karni Sena vandalised a private school campus in Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh) after students performed on the song. Also Read - Assam-Mizoram Border Row: PM Narendra Modi to Meet Assam MPs over Border Dispute
On Wednesday, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhoopendra Singh said that people should not play songs from Padmaavat as the government had banned the movie in the state. “Madhya Pradesh government banned Padmaavat, people shouldn’t even play songs of it. If someone plays a banned song, it must be reported to police amd not take matter in your own hands. Action to be taken against culprits,” Singh told ANI.
Governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have declared that they will not allow screening of the movie, which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.
The film is based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.
The set of the movie was vandalised twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur, while its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena in 2017. The movie was originally slated to be released on December 1, 2017.