Now CMs Shivraj, Amarinder jump on anti-‘Padmavati’ wagon: Top developments

November 21
10:48 2017

Padmavati row gets political
Even as the release of “Padmavati” has been deferred, three Chief Ministers on Monday jumped into the controversy with Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan announcing a ban on the film in his state, while his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh backed the Rajput community in its protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical drama that is mired in controversy. However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the controversy as “unfortunate” and a “calculated plan” to destroy freedom of expression.

In Jammu and Kashmir, senior National Conference (NC) leader and MLA Devender Rana urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ban the release of “Padmavati” in the state.The three chief minister’s waded into the controversy after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and his Rajasthan counterpart opposed the release of the film citing threat of serious law and order problem.

The film has been mired in controversy over conjectures that it “distorts history” regarding Rajput queen Padmavati, a contention that Bhansali has repeatedly denied.

The comments come a day after the release of “Padmavati” was “voluntarily” deferred from its scheduled date of December 1.

Some Hindu groups, mainly the Karni Sena of Rajasthan, have been vigorously protesting against the movie’s release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections.

SC rejects plea to block ‘Padmavati’ release
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea seeking to block the release of controversial film “Padmavati”, saying that it is “premature” as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has yet to decide and any interference at this stage would amount to “pre-judging the matter”. The court order came on a plea by advocate M.L. Sharma, seeking to block the release of the film till objectionable scenes were deleted. He also sought institution of a criminal case against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for portraying queen Padmavati as a “dancer” in the film.

“We have made it clear that an amicable solution must be reached which does not harm the interests of the community. If Rajputs have objections to any scenes, then Bhansali must do the needful,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut said in a briefing later.He said that Rajput queen Padmavati was a source of pride for not only the people of Rajasthan but the Hindus all over the country, who admire her valour and special place in the Indian history.Community leader and Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Raj Purohit has demanded that Bhansali write to the community and arrange a special screening for them.


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