Bhansali invites Karni Sena to watch ‘Padmaavat’

The founder of Rajput Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi received invitation from Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the pre-screening of ‘Padmaavat’ that he tentatively rejected, describing it “drama. He further said that he would accept the invitation only if they accept their feedback and incorporate in the film.

“We had sent names of nine historians but only three were invited (to watch the film). If they call all these people and assure to make changes as advised, we can accept the invitation,” Lokendra Singh Kalvi said.

Meanwhile, Rajput Karni Sena continued their protests against the film despite Supreme Court order. They threatened to vandalise cinema hall and dared to harm cinema owners if they screen the film.

“It is for them to decide if they wan to celebrate Diwali or want to see Lanka in flames,” said Kalvi. 

"I appeal to social organisations in the entire country: Padmavati nahi chalni chahiye. Film hall par janata curfew laga de (The movie should not run. Public should enforce a curfew at cinema halls)", Mr Singh declared soon after the Supreme Court ticked off four state governments ruled by the BJP for refusing to screen the film.

Rajasthan and Haryana governments said they respected the Supreme Court verdict and would see if there was a legal way out to restrict its screening.

"The Supreme Court has given its verdict without hearing us, But because the Supreme Court is supreme, we will abide by it but also get it examined legally. If there is scope, we shall file an appeal," Haryana Minister Anij Vij, who had announced the bar on screening the movie on social media, said.

Rajasthan's Vijaya Raje Scindia government also appears to be working on the same lines. "We will definitely try to see if there is a legal way out... after studying the court order," Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said.