Padmaavat Row: Section 144 Imposed in Gautam Budh Nagar
Jaipur, January 22: There is no end to protest against the release of Bollywood film Padmaavat on January 25. With swords in their hands, at least 200 Rajput women took out a “jauhar swabhimaan” rally in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh town and ratcheted up the pressure with memorandums to ban the film or give them permission to end their lives.
Marching under the banners of Jauhar Kshatrani Manch, Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Jauhar Smriti Sansthan, the women gave government officials memorandums addressed to the President, Prime Minister, Rajasthan governor, and chief minister. “They gave us the memoranda seeking a countrywide ban on the film,” said Suresh Kumar Khatik, sub-divisional officer of Chittorgarh, the Hindustan Times reported. (Also read: Protesters Set Buses on Fire in Gujarat, Burn Posters in Lucknow)
Shouting slogans against “Padmaavat” film- maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the rally began from the Chittorgarh fort and culminated at Johar Bhawan in the city, covering a distance of nearly 8km. (Also read: Hang me But Won’t Let Padmaavat to be Screened: Ex-Haryana BJP Leader Suraj Pal Amu)
Meanwhile, Shri Rajput Karni Sena’s state chief Mahipal Singh Makrana has urged erstwhile royal families to shut monuments, including forts, under their control till the film is banned. “We have spoken to erstwhile royal families seeking their support by closing monuments for tourists as a mark of protest,” he said in a video message.
Owing to historical “inaccuracies” in “Padmaavat” that is headlined by Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh – states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Haryana had initially called for a ban on the film. But the Supreme Court has allowed a country-wide release of the movie on January 25.
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.