Petition filed seeking ban on ‘Bajirao Mastani’

A petition seeking a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period romance film ‘Bajirao Mastani’ on grounds of gross distortion of history has been filed in a Pune court.

The petition filed on Monday takes strong objection to the recently released song ‘Pinga’, alleging that historical facts have been incorrectly portrayed in the film while showing the Peshwa’s wives Kashibai and Mastani dancing.

The song features the lead actresses Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra who play the roles of Mastani and Kashibai respectively, dancing together, which is not in tune with history. The song is offensive to Marathi culture and degrading to a Marathi lady, the petitioner claimed.

The case will come up for hearing on Thrusday, November 26 before Pune Metropolitan Magistrate S S Bhule, according to advocate Wajid Khan-Bidkar, who appeared on behalf of petitioner Hemant Patil, president of NGO- Bharat against Corruption.

The petitioner claimed that filmmakers have tweaked ‘facts’ in the name of artistic licence and the film is an insult to the glorious history of Bajirao Peshwa and a total misrepresentation of his person.

Patil sought a complete ban on the film which is set to release in less than one month, across the state.

A local court admitted the case against the film’s producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali as well as its casts, including Deepika and Priyanka.

According to advocate Bidker, the complaint was not to garner publicity, but to prevent such filmmakers from making imaginary, fictitious films, by which the emotions of lakhs of people may be hurt.

“We will be submitting historical evidence as well as several letters from the successors of the Peshwas to prove misrepresentation in the name of creativity,” he said.

The film is already in the grip of controversy with Mohini Karkarey, a descendent of the Peshwas acccuing Bhansali of ill-research and gross misrepresentation. Another descendent of the royal family Prasadrao Peshwa also alleged distortion of facts and shot a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding that the government look into the matter.

A Facebook page, urging a ban on the film has also been created and has been liked by many users.