‘Padmavat’ to hit screens on Jan 25, no show in Rajasthan

Though censor board gave UA certificate to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s periodic drama, ‘Padmavati’ changed to ‘Padmavat’, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje announced that the film will not be released in Rajasthan.

"The sacrifice of Rani Padmini is a matter of pride for the state and she is not just a chapter of history for us," Raje said.

Following the announcement, state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, the Rajasthan BJP chief and several Rajput organisations vented their anger against the movie.

The film is scheduled to release on January 25th. "Rani Padmini is our self-respect and we will not let it hurt in any case. Directions in this regard have been given to Rajasthan Home minister," CM said.

The chief minister has already written to the Centre on the issues related to the film and informed that it will not be released in Rajasthan, Kataria told reporters.

The issue has been politicalized. "We will give a reply to the BJP in the bypolls (in the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats and the Mandalgarh Assembly) scheduled in the state. It will be our target to have the BJP defeated," Lotwara said at the press conference.

President of Rajput Karni Sena Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi said that by changing the title of the film issues will not be solved.

"We will not let the film release in the country. We have been protesting peacefully for the last one year. If the film is released on January 25, then theatres will burn," he said.

'Padmavat' stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in the pivotal role.