Ahead of Gujarat Assembly Elections, CM Vijay Rupani Bans Padmavati in State
Ahmedabad, Nov 22: Gujarat Chief minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday said that his government has banned the movie Padmavati from releasing in the state. The CM cited the objections raised by the Rajput community against the filmmakers for distorting their history and said they cannot allow the release of the movie which hurts the sentiments of the community.
The CM took to micro-blogging site Twitter to make the announcement and said although the government believes in the freedom of speech and expression, it will not tolerate any ‘foul play’ with the culture.
“The Government of Gujarat will not allow #Padmavati – a movie hurting sentiments of Rajputs – to get released in the State. We can’t allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech & expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated,” Rupani tweeted on Wednesday evening.
Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh Government also banned the movie from releasing in the state.
Recently, Haryana BJP media coordinator SP Amu brought up the issue of Gujarat Assembly elections and said the Central government needs to speak against the release of Padmavati. Amu said the Rajput supporters of the party wants to make the BJP victorious in the upcoming elections, but the Government must speak up.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati came under flake from the Rajput community as it allegedly misrepresented facts about its protagonist Padmini, a Rajput queen. Even during the production period, Bhansali was attacked and recently Karni Sena, a group opposing the film announced bounty on the filmmaker and the actors.
On the other hand, the Gujarat Assembly Elections are scheduled to be held in two phases on December 8 and December 14.