‘Padmavati’ row intensifies; now Hindu Sena stages protest against Bhansali

After Karni Sena, another outfit – Hindu Sena has taken offence to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ and protested against ‘distortion of history’ in the upcoming period drama. Mahakaal Sena and Rajput Samaj have organised a protest at the collectorate in Dholpur, Rajasthan, against portrayal of queen Padmavati in the movie.

Reportedly, a member of the group also issued a death threat 'to Bollywood' for standing up in support of Bhansali and his film. “If they shoot for ‘Padmavati’ in Mumbai, we will go break the set in Mumbai too. And if Bollywood unites, we will not leave them too. This is a Hindu nation and we won’t let people demean our culture,” the Hindu Sena member was quoted as saying in media reports.

However, the outfit has dissociated itself from the threats allegedly issued by its member(s), and said action would be taken against those found guilty. But, he group has asked for a written explanation from Bhansali regarding the story of his film.

On Friday (Jan 27) scores of men belonging to Rajput Karni Sena manhandled Bhansali and damaged the sets and equipment, when the filmmaker was shooting ‘Padmavati’ at Jaipur’s historic Jaigarh Fort. The protestors claimed that Rajasthan’s history was distorted in the movie.

Following the incident, Bhansali cancelled the shoot in the state and issued a statement clarifying that there are no objectionable scenes between Rajput queen and Allauddin Khilji in the film.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena said that the decision of the Central Board of Film Certification would be final, but the filmmaker would need to accountable as well for any 'objectionable portrayal'.

“The movie is still being made and the censor board needs to be alert. And if there is character distortion of any gallant Hindu kings and queens, then definitely it is objectionable. Agreed that the censor certificate is the final word but the directors and story writers also need to do their part,” Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande was quoted as saying by ANI.

‘Padmavati’ is inspired from the tale of legendary queen Rani Padmini of Chittor and Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji, who attacks Chittor fort in an attempt to capture the beautiful queen.

The movie stars Deepika Padukone in the titular role, whiler Shahid Kapoor plays Padmavati’s husband Rana Rawal Ratan Singh. Ranveer Singh portrays the character of Alauddin Khilji.