Padmavati row: Question raised over silence of SRK, Amitabh

Lena Tucker
November 24, 2017

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday said his government will block the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati in the state, adding "we can't allow our history to be distorted".

The movie was set to be released during the first week of December.

Although the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is yet to review the film, the two BJP-ruled states unilaterally chose to ban the film.

"Besides that the law and order is also our responsibility, so we have decided that we will not allow release of movie "Padmavati" in Gujarat", he said.

The uncertainty over the film's release notwithstanding, the decision of the BBFC, however, did grant members of the Twitteratti to take swipes at lumpen elements, BJP leaders like Suraj Pal Amu and self-proclaimed guardians of Kshatriya pride like Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi who have been protesting against the movie across India. The controversy over the period drama raged on with an education officer in Madhya Pradesh's Dewas district issuing a circular banning a song from the film from being played in schools.

Padmavati row: Question raised over silence of SRK, Amitabh
Padmavati row: Question raised over silence of SRK, Amitabh

A source close to the film's makers said "Padmavati" won't release anywhere on December 1 - its original release date which was deferred after the Indian censor board returned their application on grounds that it was incomplete.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), meanwhile, passed the film without cuts.

A special court in Jaipur is expected to decide today that if the crew of the movie 'Padmavati' should be prosecuted after a petitioner alleged that the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has chosen a very controversial topic to stoke trouble. After those two incidents, protests against the film nearly went silent. However, the historians are divided over the fact that whether the queen ever even existed.

Bollywood is in chaos after death threats to a female star forced producers to postpone a much-anticipated movie.

Amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji's characters, many Rajput groups and others have been protesting against the movie, alleging that it distorts history.

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