Padmavati Controversy: Mamata Banerjee Calls Row Around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Film ‘Super Emergency’
New Delhi, Nov 17: Shots were fired during protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati in Chhittorgarh, Rajasthan on Friday. According to reports, hundreds have gathered for protests at the main gate of Chhittorgarh Fort which has been closed for visitors. Protesters were also seen brandishing swords and other arms at the site.
Foreign tourists could be seen leaving the site in a hurry after gun shots were heard. Police deployment has been increased to prevent the situation from going out of control.
Fringe groups like Rajput Karni Sena have been demanding a ban on release of Padmavati, saying it shows the Rajput queen in bad light. The Supreme Court has already turned down a PIL asking to a stay on the release of Deepika Padukone starrer movie which is slated to hit the screens on December 1.
The Karni Sena, which is spearheading the protests against the film, had threatened Deepika Padukone to chop-off her nose if the film is released.
“Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha,” Mahipal Singh Makrana of Rajput Karni Sena said. Makrana’s threat came just hours after Lokendra Singh Kalvi, a senior leader of the Rajput group, called for nation-wide strike on December 1.
“We will gather in lakhs, our ancestors wrote history with blood. We will not let anyone blacken it. Will call for Bharat bandh on 1 December,” Lokendra Singh Kalvi said. Kalvi had earlier used derogatory word like ‘naachnewali‘ for Deepika Padukone for her statement that the country is becoming regressive.
While Hindu organisations have accused Bhansali of “distorting” historical facts, the filmmaker and his team have repeatedly assured that there are no romantic scenes between Rani Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone, and Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh. The movie also stars Shahid Kapoor in the role Raja Rawal Ratan Singh.