Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ in trouble as Hardik Patel warns director

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ambitious project ‘Padmavati’ is facing trouble once again. Not long ago, the film was mired in controversy over its casting, and now Hardik Patel, the face of Patidar reservation agitation in Gujarat, has threatened to stop the film’s release if Bhansali fails to depict historical facts accurately.

‘Padmavati’ starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a period drama based on Rani Padmavati of Chittor and wife of king Rawal Ratan Singh. Sultan Alauddin Khilji was also besotted by her beauty and intellect and the movie is about her courage and sacrifice.

According to a report in Ahmedabad Mirror, Patel said that members of the Rajasthan-based Rajput Sena contacted him to tell that Bhansali has not studied history and his portrayal may tarnish the image of Rani Padmavati. Therefore, he wanted Bhansali to stop production of the movie and hold talks with Rajput leaders first.

Patel also demanded that the filmmaker should give assurance to the Rajput Sena members that his film will not damage Rani Padmavati's image, otherwise they will stage protest against the film and will not allow its release in Rajasthan. “No director has the right to damage history for entertainment," he was quoted by a daily.

‘Padmavati’ is slated to go on floors soon and begin with a song shoot of ‘Ghoomar’, a Rajasthani folk dance, in Mumbai. The makers are also planning to shoot in Gujarat and Mewar in Rajasthan.

Last year, Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’ also came under fire after successors of the Maratha Peshwa and some historians objected to the portrayal of the characters and other facts in the film.