<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests continue to rage in Rajasthan over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati. Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) on Wednesday gave a call for Bharat Bandh on December 1. Karni Sena has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.RKS patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday flayed actor Deepika Padukone for her outburst against the protests. Kalvi said, “Deepika is like a daughter. She should exercise restrain.”Mahipal Makrana, RKS president, issued a veiled threat to the Bollywood actor saying, “Rajputs do not raise hand on women, but even Lakshman had cut off Surpanakha’s nose.” Kalvi said that he could not assure that there would be no further violence. This came from the patron a day after members of Rajput Karni Sena vandalized a cinema hall in Kota for showing the trailer of Padmavati.Dharohan Bachao Samiti — a Hindu organisation — burnt director Bhansali’s effigy and warned him of dire consequences if the film is released with historically incorrect content.Chairperson of the Rajasthan State Women’s Commission, Suman Sharma and minister of higher education Kiran Maheshwari have also opposed the film. Sharma has written a letter to Central Board of Film Certification chairperson Prasoon Joshi asking him to preview the film and give the report to the body. Maheshwari said Padmavati is a symbol of pride and her historical significance should not be misrepresented at any cost.In a major development scion of the erstwhile Udaipur (Mewar) royal family, Lakshyaraj Singh has issued a video and questioned the logic of creating an entertainment film on Padmavati, an issue that his family, as descendants, holds in very pious light.He called for unified efforts to urge the Government of India to form a strict law that prevents the distortion of history, culture, and stops hurting emotions in the name of entertainment.Singh said that the erstwhile royals of Mewar boycott all efforts to play with the dignity of his ancestors. The angst that has arisen in various segments should be used as means to unify all.He questioned the responsibility of the director Bhansali and the dignity that the artist should’ve maintained while portraying the characters of the film.The video comes at a time when protest against Padmavati has spread across the nation and the silence of the descendants of Padmavati (Padmini) was under scanner. Singh, in the video message, says that he did not believe in opposition through irresponsible statements and violence.Meanwhile the eight persons arrested for vandalizing the cinema hall at Kota have been remanded to judicial custody till November 19.
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