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Mumbai’s Kamala Mills Fire | When midnight birthday bash turned into a funeral

Smartly dressed in black, smiling from ear to ear, Khushboo Bhansali was beaming in the afterglow of candles on her birthday cake. Surrounded by loved ones, the 28-year-old was celebrating her birthday at ‘1 Above’ pub in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound when the tragedy struck. (SEE PICS)Minutes after midnight, Bhansali spoke to her mother, who blessed her on her birthday. Little did both know that this would be the last time they would be talking to each other.Soon, the fire broke out at the pub that claimed 14 people including Bhansali. “Khushboo along with her friend took shelter in ladies washroom where they choked to death. Others took shelter either in gents washroom or other places and were saved,” Bhansali’s uncle Jethmal Bothra told DNA.Also readMumbai fire| Kamala Mills is a death trap, BMC responsible for ‘murder,’ says BJP’s Kirit SomaiyaHe also said that Khushboo’s sister Kinjal and her husband were also there and they were saved. The sister is in shock and is not in condition to speak at the moment. Bothra added that, “Khushboo was alive when taken to hospital but was breathless. If she had got oxygen on time she would have survived.”Also readMumbai Fire | ‘Don’t know how I got out alive,’ survivor recalls inferno horrorThe blaze that started at 1 Above, the rooftop pub, spread rapidly through the building, killing 14 people, most of them women, who were attending Bhansali’s birthday party.The fire, which also injured 21 people, started after 12.30 am in the “1 Above” pub on the terrace, and spread to Mojo pub on the third floor one level below, said an official of the Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.Also readMumbai: Major fire at Kamala Mills compound kills 14, PM Modi extends condolencesThe two gutted pubs are located in the Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel area, a popular night spot as well as commercial hub housing several offices including national television channels.”I was in the night shift. We heard people screaming at the pub. Initially, we thought it is due to the party which was underway there,” said Sanjay Jadhav, a programme producer of a news channel.”When I came out of my office, I saw that a fire has broken out at the roof top pub. The main entrance of our office was blocked due to the flames,” he said.The massive blaze engulfed the entire building in about 30 minutes and took several hours to be put out. The cause of the fire is not known.

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Reel-ing under Padmavati row, Santa season may usher in good luck!

Picture abhi baki hain…mere dost. Tiger Zinda Hain is expected to roar and set the cash registers ringing. After several weeks of slumped business in theatres due to Padmavati ban, film exhibitors and distributors have a sole hope on the upcoming Salman-starrer at a estimated cost of Rs 175-crore flick along with Akshay-starrer 45-crore Padman!The total business in December was expected to be more than Rs 500 crore with movies like Padmavati and Tiger Zinda Hai combined. Fukrey Returns has balanced things out a bit. The industry now has high expectations from Tiger…, said Ansh Rathore, a city-based film director who has worked on several Bollywood hits.“After Golmaal Again in October, there has not been any Bollywood blockbuster. There were hopes from Padmavati but it has not been released by censor yet. Two months later, our hopes only hang on Tiger Zinda Hai now,” said Sunil Bansal, film distributor, Yash Raj Films.The Bhansali productions film was expected to generate huge revenue for both exhibitors as well as the distributors, but has only resulted in disbalanced accounts.“This is the worst quarter in last five years for both distributors and exhibitors. Exhibitors are in a very bad shape. This is because the regular expenditures are fixed, whether the film is released or not,” said Kamal Mukut, film exhibitor, Mukutwalas.“About 50 per cent of the revenue is given to the exhibitor. I think Padmavati was expected to be around Rs 250 crore movie. About Rs 125 crore was expected by exhibitors across the country. The entire balance sheet of the quarter has been disturbed because the movie was not released,” he added.Furthermore, the exhibitors had to continue with the existing films and several lower budget films that were due to be released, during the three-week void. However, it did not result in a break-even.“The revenue loss from one film cannot be recovered from another film. Each film has a particular balance sheet. Existing movies had to be continued for few more weeks as a result. I was expecting a revenue of Rs 50 lakh through Padmavati in December. However, I have only earned Rs 7 lakh till now,” Mukut informed.Even local film exhibitors have not been spared from the overall brunt. They are also skeptical about releasing Padmavati in Jaipur due to continuous rukus created by Rajput Karni Sena.“We are in a great loss. We are experiencing a loss to the tune of Rs 7 to Rs 8 lakh per week from the beginning of December. We do not expect a break even of the loss that has already been incurred,” said an official from Raj Mandir Cinema.“The revenue loss from one film cannot be recovered from another film. Each film has a particular balance sheet. Existing movies had to be continued for few more weeks as a result. I was expecting a revenue of Rs 50 lakh through Padmavati in December. However, I have only earned Rs 7 lakh till now,” Kamal Mukut, film exhibitor, Mukutwalas said.ACTION!Movies running:Fukrey Returns- 3.5/5 *Firangi – 2/5*Monsoon Shootout – 3/5*Upcoming blockbusters-Tiger Zinda Hai – budget: Rs 175 crorePadman – budget: Rs 45 crore

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Shooting time: State may throw open monuments to film makers

In order to encourage movie producers to come and shoot in the state, the government may allow film shooting free of charge in the monuments of the state.Though no decision is taken on this yet, the government has made a committee of various officials of department of archaeology and museums to review the rates of shooting in monuments and if found feasible the decision regarding this may be taken.Sources informed that the committee will be reviewing the current rates as they have not been revised since long. Based on the report of the committee which will be received in a week’s time. A final decision will be taken on whether making movie shooting at monuments can be made free.The present review may also be seen as a step to keep the movie producers happy and encouraged to shoot in Rajasthan.While it is being claimed that Padmavati issue has nothing to do with the present review, but the timing of making a review of shooting rates at monuments is being taken in some quarters as an indication of pacifying the movie producers. Moreover, the committee will also decide the rate for pre wedding shootings at monuments.Currently there is no pre decided rate for such thing and every time a proposal of pre wedding shoot at monument comes, rate is decided based on case to case, informed the sources. The basic idea is to increase the number of movie makers shooting at monuments.It may be recalled that several parts of controversial movie Padmavati were shot in Jaipur. Director Sanjay Bhansali faced opposition and was even roughed up which created controversy. Apart from Padmavati, movies like Salman Khan starrer Veer, Aishwarya Rai’s Jodha Akbar etc in recent years have been shot in Amber and other monuments of Jaipur and Rajasthan.Pre wedding shootsThe timing of making a review of shooting rates at monuments is being taken in some quarters as an indication of pacifying the movie producers.The committee will also decide the rate for pre wedding shootings at monuments. Currently there is no pre decided rate for such thing and every time a proposal of pre wedding shoot at monument comes, rate is decided based on case to case.

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SC notice to UP, Uttarakhand on ‘verbal instructions’ stopping release of film ‘Muzaffarnagar the Burning Love’

The Supreme Court today directed the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to respond to a plea against ‘verbal instructions’ by the authorities there not to release a movie in some districts of the two states.The movie, ‘Muzaffarnagar the Burning Love’, is a love story of a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl and set in backdrop of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh.The film has already been released across the country barring some districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand — Muzzaffarnagar, Meerut, Saharanpur, Shamli, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and, Haridwar and Bijnor.Also readPadmavati row | Parliamentary panel grills Sanjay Leela Bhansali over ‘selective media screening’ of filmA bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked the petitioner’s counsel to serve the copy of the plea to the standing counsel of the two states and posted the matter for December 11.Morna Entertainment Pvt Ltd, producer of the movie, had approached the top court seeking directions to the authorities of these districts to allow the film’s screening without any hindrance or obstruction.Also readPadmavati row: Haryana BJP leader booked for Rs 10 crore bounty offer against Bhansali, DeepikaThe plea also sought directions to provide adequate security for its screening, besides a compensation of Rs 50 lakh due to the loss of business suffered by them.It has alleged that the authorities of these districts had “illegally and without any authorisation” warned and threatened the cinema theatres not to screen the movie which was scheduled to be released on November 17 this year.Also readABVP leader offers Rs 1 lakh to chop off ‘Games of Ayodhya’ movie producer’s hands It said the movie was granted ‘UA’ certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the censor board had cleared it to be shown to the audience.”In fact the certificate also mentions the fact that the excisions and modifications imposed by the board has also been duly carried out,” the plea said.It claimed that when the film was about to be released on November 17 all across the nation, it was communicated to the petitioner and its distributor that the movie would not be released in these districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.The plea alleged that the authorities had not issued any formal order to the theatres “but only on verbal instructions, the release of motion picture has been stalled thereby causing a great financial loss to the petitioner and also violating the fundamental right…”It claimed that after they got to know about it, they contacted the respective district administrations but they blatantly refused to screen the movie on the pretext of law and order situation.The petitioner alleged that ‘verbal instructions’ werte issued by the authorities for not releasing the movie which was patently illegal, unwarranted and arbitrary exercise of power.It has also claimed that the move violated their right to freedom of free speech and to trade as enshrined under the Constitution.
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Controversy, films, polls go hand in hand: Dr Praveen Bhai Togadia

The international Executive President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Dr Praveen Bhai Togadia, on Thursday favoured the banning of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film “Padmavati”. Togadia said that the Central Government should ban the movie with immediate effect while using its power.The VHP leader, who was in Jaipur on a two-day trip, said that some people in the name of artistic license are conspiring to defame the revered Hindu figures.Togadia said that the government should ban Padmavati film taking into account sentiments of the public, otherwise it can become a serious law and order situation.He also questioned the timing of the release of the film. “Jodha-Akbar film was released before elections and now Padmavati,” Togadia said.“Padmavati is our mother and our self-esteem and our pride,” he further added. He said that this is not just a matter of Rajputs. It concerns crores of Hindus. He said that no film producer can distort historic facts and present objectionable content in the name of freedom of expression.The central government should ban the movie using its power immediately.Death threats unacceptable: Nana PatekarMeanwhile, actor Nana Patekar said on Thursday that death threats to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone in connection with ‘Padmavati’ film were unacceptable.“Why does controversy happen in his films? I feel this is not a big issue but death threats to Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are completely wrong and unacceptable. As of now, I don’t know how the characters are portrayed. I can react only after watching the film,” Patekar said while speaking to media after attending an event at National Defence Academy in Pune.
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Parliamentary panel grills Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Thursday faced a barrage of questions from a Parliamentary panel, which took stock of his controversial film ‘Padmavati’, reportedly based on the legend of Chittor’s Queen Padmini.The 30-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, led by Anurag Thakur, had asked Bhansali and censor board chief Prasoon Joshi to appear before it after the film attracted huge controversy.Fringe Rajput groups such as Karni Sena, aided by certain politicians, have accused Bhansali of distorting history by showing a romantic dance sequence between Queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate king Alauddin Khilji. Bhansali, however, has refuted all these claims.Noting that a movie was meant for entertainment and not for creating a tensed atmosphere across the country, panel head Anurag Thakur raised the issue of why a huge amount of money of taxpayers was being utilised in this matter, and why the movie was being showcased to select media. At the time, even the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was yet to see the film.The panel members asked Bhansali why his movies seemed to target communities and produce tension. They also asked whether creating a controversy was the new trend to sell movies and how could Bhansali assume that the movie could be released on December 1, when he applied for certification on November 11. As per the Cinematography Act, the CBFC has to take 68 days before certifying a movie.”Is selective media screening of the movie fair and ethical? Was it an act to influence the CBFC?” the panel members asked. Bhansali, sources said, clarified that the film was entirely based on Malik Mohammed Jayasi’s epic ‘Padmavat’ and he neither changed the context nor the facts.CBFC chief Joshi told the ad hoc Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions that the censor board cleared only the trailer and the promos of the period film. He later said he has not seen the film yet but would constitute an expert committee, which will see the film critically and decide if it can be screened as it is or with some cuts.The panel was yet to decide whether Thursday’s meeting satisfied their queries and will take a decision in a couple of weeks. Thereafter, it will submit a report of its findings to the Speaker’s office.
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Padmavati: BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu, who offered Rs 10 crore for Deepika, Bhansali’s heads quits party post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu, who threatened Deepika Padukone for her role in Padmavati and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, on Wednesday resigned from the party’s state Chief Media Coordinator post.The Haryana BJP leader had been up and arms against the release of bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ and had hit the headlines for offering Rs 10 crore for anyone who beheads Deepika and Bhansali.Earlier, his violent statements had drawn show cause notice from his own party BJP, asking him to explain his remarks. BJP National Secretary Anil Jain had also condemned his threats on the party’s behalf and said the national party is not in support of such threats. A case was also registered against the controversial Haryana BJP leader.However, Suraj Pal defended his threats saying he made the remarks in his ‘personal capacity’. He further said that he was willing to quit party if he was being asked but would not let anyone ‘insult’ his community. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has been marred in a controversy, where a group has alleged that the film ‘distorts’ the history of Rajput queen Padmini. Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.Several states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar has banned the screening of ‘Padmavati’ starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. The film was slated for release on December 1. But on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama has been delayed. The film was submitted to the CBFC for certification but it was returned to the makers because of ‘incomplete application’.The production house, Viacom18 motion pictures, sent out an official release on Sunday confirming the delay in the release of Padmavati.

Padmavati row | CBI should probe if Bhansali had anything to do with dead body at Nahagarh Fort: Karni Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Lokendra Kalvi of the Karni Sena demanded a CBI probe over the body found hanging at Nahagarh Fort. He claimed that CBI should probe whether Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s people were ‘involved’ in this case. She said: “I want CBI to probe the case of body of man found at Nahargarh Fort, CBI should probe whether Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s people are involved in this case.” The body of a 40-year-old man was found hanging from the boundary wall of the Nahargarh Fort near the Rajasthan capital today, with messages referring to the Bollywood epic drama ‘Padmavati’ scribbled on nearby stones, a police official said.DCP North Satyendra Singh said the body of Chetan Kumar Saini, a resident of Shastri Nagar here and a handicraft worker, was found hanging from the boundary wall of the fort.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaHe said messages were found scribbled on stones, but it was premature to connect the incident with ‘Padmavati’ protests.One of the messages read, “Padmavati ka virodh karne walo, hum kile par sirf putle nahi latkate… Hum mein hai dum (Padmavati protesters should know we don’t only hang effigies… we are strong)”.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: In a mark of solidarity, filmmakers to stop shooting for 15 minutes tomorrowMembers from various film associations have come forward to raise concern over the state of creative freedom in the country amid protests against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”.
ALSO READ ‘Violent threats and rewards not acceptable in democracy,’ says Venkaiah Naidu amid Padmavati rowThe Indian Films and TV Directors’ Association (IFTDA), along with 19 other bodies of the film and television industry from across the country, stopped shootings for 15 minutes yesterday and participated in the protest, ‘Main Azaad Hoon?’, (Am I free?) at Film City here.Many Rajput groups have been up in arms against the film, alleging that it distorts history by featuring a romantic dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji’s characters, a claim repeatedly denied by Bhansali.The makers of “Padmavati” have already deferred its release from December 1, till further notice.Filmmaker and IFTDA convenor Ashoke Pandit said such protests were not just limited to “Padmavati” but were becoming a trend.”This attack is on the freedom of expression, the entire film and TV industry. We are fearful and shocked that we are not getting any kind of support from any quarter of the country, except from film lovers,” Pandit said.”Every three months a film is getting banned. The fear in which the industry is functioning, we are protesting against that. Don’t take us for granted.””Padmavati”, featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles, has been facing the ire of various Rajput groups and political leaders.The BJP-ruled states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have already expressed reservations about the film.”… Let us work, let us write and make films the way we want, because if this trend starts, then Karni Sena and the like will start deciding how scripts will be written.”All the makers here are scared of this trend. It’s our right to make films. If you want to watch, go ahead. If not, get a stay order from the court,” he said when asked about Karni Sena – the Rajput group which is spearheading the protest.Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA), Western India Cinematographers’ Association, Screen Writers’ Association, The Film and Television Producers’ Guild of India Limited, Association of Voice Artistes, Cine Costume & Make-up Artiste and Hair Dressers’ Association, Cine Singer Association, Movie Stunt Artistes Association, among others participated in the protest.With inputs from PTI

‘Padmavati’ row: History ‘sheeted’ in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chill is in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati). In a knee jerk reaction the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threat from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to smash it as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story was incorrect. Also hundreds, including women, courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains to the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.Lokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in belgium and france that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said. As part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.According to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.” Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

After threats, authorities cover up ‘incorrect’ plaque about Padmavati in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s a chill in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati).In a knee-jerk reaction, the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threats from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to break it down as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story is incorrect. Also, hundreds including women courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains on the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaLokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in Belgium and France that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army, the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said.
ALSO READ Death over dishonour: What the Padmavati furore is aboutAs part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.
ALSO READ Alauddin Khilji was a brutal ruler, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not glamorise himAccording to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.”Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

Lights. Camera. Censor: A 360 degree low-down on ‘Padmavati’ controversy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the first trailer of Padmavati hit the screens a month and a half ago, it captured little imagination and looked like just another fancy Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus.With top actors and grandiose sets, the trailer was easily a time-tested Bhansali match, bought quickly by Bollywood fans.It went viral instantly. In 24 hours, it garnered 20 million views on YouTube, considered the most received by a Hindi film trailer in a day. It was talked about by social and mainstream media alike, the curiosity catalysed by top influencers.The magic, however, was short-lived, as protests against Padmavati makers spiralled, accusing them of distorting history and hurting sentiments of the Rajput community. The opposition to the film kept mounting, making Padmavati one of the most controversial movies.The December 1 release now stands deferred indefinitely, while the highly anticipated movie has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP. Threats of beheading and nose-chopping were issued against the director and actors unabashedly, without fear of the law, by fringe elements, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu warns against violence, bountiesThis, even before the masses or even India’s film certification body, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), could manage to see the film. The ongoing, sensational saga begs the question: Who are the censors and custodians of the freedom of expression? It has also proved that the CBFC, called the censor board in common parlance, has little role in such a situation and is no more than a mere rubber stamp.Fringe, the new mainstreamTrouble had started brewing in January this year when a Rajasthan-based fringe group, the Rajput Karni Sena, assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the trailer released, the Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in the hundreds and blocked entry to the Chittorgarh Fort and the Kumbhalgarh Fort. They also issued threats and bounties for beheading Bhansali and cutting off actor Deepika Padukone’s nose.
ALSO READ Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s filmSena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi had earlier refused to settle for any compromise over the film, saying that it should be scrapped outright. The group has now mellowed down to say the movie should be shown to the erstwhile royal family of Mewar, and the protests would be withdrawn if the family does not find anything objectionable.A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests by groups claiming to represent the Rajput community. They say the depiction of the romance between Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying allegations of any distortion of history, promising there will be “no romantic scene or song or dream sequence between the two.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaBut this has failed to assuage increasingly violent threats against cast and crew.Historians are divided over whether the queen ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’ by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.Political backingFringe groups have, time and again, tried disrupting law and order in the country over a host of issues, including films. What emboldens them are endorsements from a section of politicians for their demands. Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu openly supported a call to behead Padukone and Bhansali and threatened to burn every cinema screen in the country if the movie was released.Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have banned the movie. Uttar Pradesh has held Bhansali responsible for hurting the sentiments of the Rajput community, while Rajasthan has sought edits. Even the Congress government in Punjab has backed protesters. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called the protests a “super emergency” and a calculated plan of “a political party” to destroy the freedom of expression. She said on Friday that her state was ready to welcome the film and its crew. “They are welcome here if they can’t release it in other states. We can make special arrangements.”Interestingly, Gujarat is staring at high-octane state elections next month, while UP is going through civic polls. Assembly elections are due in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan next year. In this situation, banning a film is the easiest move the states could have made, given that they are home to a large number of Rajputs, whose community leaders have been at the forefront of the protests.Strangely, none of the states decided to wait for the decision of the CBFC to arrive at a conclusion over its public screening. Talking to DNA, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar justified the opposition to the film and put the blame squarely on its makers. “For any film which has the potential to hurt sentiments, it is important for its makers to show it to community leaders first. No film should hurt the sentiments of any caste or community. Their opinion should be taken, and if they feel that there are certain objectionable scenes the should be deleted, filmmakers should delete them,” Kumar said.He said Bhansali was overlooking the easy solution and attracting further trouble by being adamant and not showing the film to caste leaders who feel it is an attack on their honour. But if caste leaders are to decide the fate of a film, what does the CBFC do, which is yet to even see this particular film? “Yes, let the CBFC see the film and arrive at a decision, but when so many states are banning it, the filmmakers should ponder over the reason. The film should be screened for members of the community protesting its release, to give them an assurance that it has nothing which can hurt their sensibilities,” he said.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also said that the director is as guilty as those who threatened to harm Padukone and Bhansali, “who has hurt public sentiments.” Ajmer Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film, stating that it hurts religious sentiments and could have an adverse effect on the law-and-order situation of the country.Rajasthan RoyalsThe royal family of Mewar has expressed strong displeasure with Padmavati makers and has urged the government to withhold the release of the film in its current form. Talking to DNA, MK Vishvaraj Singh of Udaipur, Mewar, said that in the interests of the film as well as keeping in mind plain courtesy, the makers should have let the family know that they are making a movie on their ancestor, Maharani Padmini, who is revered by many.”Take the case of films made on cricketers like MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar. The films were made in consultation with them to avoid any errors and all seem to be happy with the result. In case of Padmavati, we were not consulted even once, though we belong to the same lineage,” he said.Singh also pointed out that the recent selective screening of the film and the fact of those who viewed it making their review public has been criticised by the censor board. Talking about Karni Sena’s demand that the film be shown to the royal family to weed out any objections, Singh said it remains to be seen if this is possible in light of the recent criticism of the selective screening by the CBFC.”We have certain objections and they continue to be there. Even though the film is yet to be released, the trailer makes the mistakes reasonably clear, as the clips are parts of the film,” he said, adding that if there is the intention, any issue can be sorted out by a direct dialogue between all concerned. “Even if we see the film and put forth our objections, it is yet to be seen if and how the makers will address them,” he said.In a letter to the Prime Minister, Singh has urged him not to allow the movie’s release, stating that it is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the history of the country and the dignity of its citizens. “It will be ironic if films like Padmavati that are in our history and heritage are permitted to misrepresent and exploit this same heritage that is flaunted at home and abroad before all.”The family has also objected to the song Ghoomar and said in the letter, “If the film professes to be history and its maker goes on record to claim that he has kept in mind cultural sensitivities, it is an artistic and historic fraud to portray an incorrectly attired courtesan-like painted doll in the song as the very ‘queen’ the film purports to pay obeisance to.” He, however, disapproved of the threats of physical violence issued to Padukone and Bhansali.BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, Diya Kumari, is also opposed to Padmavati. She has warned that the movie will not be released if it does not depict history authentically. She has also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it.Bhansali’s blunderWhile a consortium of fringe groups across several states took the law into their own hands, Bhansali also subverted the due process. In an arbitrary move, he held a special screening for personnel of select media establishments, eroding the authority of the censor board. What the filmmaker thought would be a smart move, backfired angering CBFC members. Board chief Prasoon Joshi publicly criticised the action.A filmmaker could choose to show his/her product to a private audience. It does not violate any rule. But Bhansali’s audience went on to submit its views on the film, influencing people’s opinions, while the film awaited certification. He invited trouble for himself as his move further angered and alienated political leaders and fringe groups who felt sidelined in the whole process. He also chose against consulting Mewar’s royal family, though his earlier film Bajirao Mastani had faced stiff opposition from the descendants of Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao.CBFC, a rubber stamp?India’s top film certification authority has looked completely sidelined in the entire controversy. Former CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani told DNA that the CBFC cannot take any action against Bhansali, for there are no rules against the private screening of a movie.RSS leader Kumar also told DNA that even if the CBFC sees the film, it also has to be screened for those opposing it for their clarification.While the Shyam Benegal committee report on the CBFC’s revamp remains to be implemented by the government, the veteran filmmaker has questioned the nationwide protests when hardly anyone has seen the film. Viacom 18 — a joint venture between Viacom Inc and Reliance Industries’ Network 18 — is the studio behind the film that is said to have cost some $23 million.Ranjani Mazumdar, professor of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has been following the controversy. “Cinema is increasingly emerging as a high-profile soft target to create a vitiated atmosphere. Apart from being an assault on the right to express, this kind of attack on the film by self-appointed vigilantes, who see themselves as the custodians of Indian culture, is being allowed because the government refuses to take a strong position on it,” Mazumdar told DNA.”They are, on the contrary, allowing this poison to spread. To ask for beheading, in the public domain, in this case, is shocking. I hope the film industry will take a strong position on this and demand the government’s intervention,” she said. Actors such as Shabana Azmi have urged the film industry to boycott the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in protest against the threats and disruption.Who said whatThe movie should be shown to the erstwhile royal family of Mewar; the protests will stop if the family does not find anything objectionable.—Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Rajput Karni Sena chiefCBFC cannot take any action against Bhansali, for there are no rules against the private screening of a movie.—Pahlaj Nihalani, ex-CBFC chiefLet the CBFC (also) see the film and arrive at a decision, but when so many states are banning it, the filmmakers should ponder over the reason.—Indresh Kumar, senior RSS leaderProtesters should see the film first and then demand cuts if anything is found objectionable. My opinion is very clear. Some of the historical facts may not be in consonance with our thinking… these movies are of course based on history. And I know some directors … study all angles of history. But popular sentiments should also be respected.—Birender Singh, Union MinisterKeeping in mind plain courtesy, the makers should have let the family know that they are making a movie on their ancestor, who is revered by many. We have some objections. The trailer makes the mistakes clear. It is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the history of the country and the dignity of its citizens.—Vishvaraj Singh, of Mewar’s royal familyCinema is increasingly emerging as a soft target to create a vitiated atmosphere. Apart from being an assault on the right to express, this kind of attack on the film by self-appointed vigilantes, who see themselves as the custodians of Indian culture, is being allowed because the government refuses to take a strong position.—Ranjani Mazumdar, cinema professor, JNUFilms caught in protests and politicsFireWhen: December 1998Why: The movie showed its female leads sharing a romantic relationship, which was cited as “alien to our culture”.What: Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal and BJP workers vandalised theatres, some stripped down in protest. Initially passed uncut by the censor board, it was referred back to the board for re-examination.WaterWhen: January 2000Why: About the lives of widows in pre-Independence India, termed “anti-Hindu”.What: Director Deepa Mehta was forced to shut down the film’s production after protesters destroyed sets. Shiv Sena in UP organised a suicide protest to stop the film’s making. It finally released in India in 2007.Jodhaa AkbarWhen: February 2008Why: Based on the love story of Mughal emperor Akbar and Rajput princess Jodha, the Rajput community protested it for distorting historical facts.What: The film was banned in UP, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand. The Supreme Court lifted the ban on its screening in UP and some towns of Uttarakhand and Haryana.Madras CafeWhen: August 2013Why: Set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war, the movie ran into trouble for its alleged portrayal of LTTE in bad light.What: Amidst protests, Tamil political parties called for a ban on the film. It did not see a release in Tamil Nadu and UK.Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-LeelaWhen: November 2013Why: Initially named Ram-Leela, the film was accused of hurting religious sentiments.What: The Allahabad HC banned its release in UP. Bhansali agreed to the Kshatriya community’s demands by changing “provocative” words.Bajirao MastaniWhen: December 2015Why: Groups of Bajirao’s descendants, and BJP workers claimed the film distorted historical facts and depicted the Maratha leader in poor light.What: On the opening day, theatres across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat were forced to cancelscreenings.Udta PunjabWhen: June 2016Why: CBFC presented a list of 94 cuts and 13 pointers prior to the film’s release, one of which included removing all references to Punjab.What: Amidst protests in Punjab, the Bombay High Court later reduced the number of cuts to just one scene and directed the Board to issue an ‘Adult’ certificate to the film.Ae Dil Hai MushkilWhen: October 2016Why: Following the terrorist attack in Uri, Hindu groups protested the casting of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.What: MNS called for a ban and threatened cinemas with vandalism. It withdrew its agitation after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis intervened.RaeesWhen: December 2016Why: MNS and Shiv Sena party workers protested the film’s screening for starring Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, while a BJP leader termed it a “dishonest” and “anti-national” film.What: Shah Rukh Khan met MNS chief Raj Thackeray to assure him that Mahira Khan won’t visit India for its promotion.Lipstick Under My BurkhaWhen: February 2017Why: On four Muslim women yearning to break free.What: The CBFC denied the film’s release in India stating that its plot was “lady-oriented” and had “contagious sexual scenes.” It was later released with an Adult certificate.

Vice-President warns against violence, bounties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent threats and rewards for physical harm are not acceptable in a democracy, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday as he warned forces against undermining the rule of law, in comments that come amid widespread protests against movie ‘Padmavati’.The Vice-President also said that the one should not hurt people’s sentiments and warned against selective condemnation, though he did not directly refer to the yet-to-be-released Bollywood period drama.Speaking at an event in Delhi, Naidu said there is a new problem of people feeling that some films have hurt their sentiments, and this has led to protests. Some people go overboard and announce rewards, he said.Groups claiming to represent the Rajput community have protested and issued bounties for murder and mutilation of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians, for “distortion of history.””Whether these fellows have that much money or not, I doubt. Everyone is announcing Rs one crore reward. Is it so easy to have Rs one crore? This is not acceptable in a democracy,” the Vice-President said.Protesters say the alleged depiction of romance between legendry Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying the allegation.”You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to appropriate authorities… Protesters should protest lawfully, peacefully,” he said.He added, “You cannot physically obstruct and cannot issue violent threats. You have no right to take laws into your own hands. Let’s not undermine the rule of law.”The December 1 release has been deferred indefinitely by the makers and the highly anticipated magnum opus has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP.Naidu stressed that he was not talking about a particular film. He, however, mentioned some movies such as Garam Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi, which previously faced protests.”At the same time, you don’t have the right to hurt the sentiments of others”, he, however, said, also warning against selective condemnation and said it was wrong to link controversies to religion.Historians are divided over whether Padmavati ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’, by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.”India always believed in pluralistic traditions and ethos and never allowed narrow and bigoted views or practices to rear their ugly heads. While dissent is agreeable, disintegration is not acceptable,” Naidu said.”That is the bottom line and any attempt to undermine integrity and unity of India by forces inimical to growth of India must be nipped in the bud.”A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests.Trouble started in January this year when Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the movie’s trailer released, Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in hundreds.

‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shree Rajput Karni Sena has demanded full ban on film ‘Padmavati’ in Haryana.The period drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena for allegedly tampering with historical facts.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is heading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government in Haryana, where the film isn’t banned.Mahipal Singh Makrana, president of Rajasthan unit of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, said, “When other states have banned Padmavati then why Haryana can’t. Maharani Padmavati was a Hindu Rajput princess. The Chief Minister is ruling the state due to bhagwa (saffron) power. If you (BJP) talk about Hindutva then you must respect the feelings of Hindus.” He demanded Haryana should impose full ban and not the conditional one on the movie.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: In a mark of solidarity, filmmakers to stop shooting for 15 minutes tomorrow”We have submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner to ban Padmavati in Haryana. We want 100 percent ban and not a conditional ban on the movie,” Makrana said.Khattar on Wednesday said Haryana will take a decision on permitting screening of film ‘Padmavati’ in the state after it gets clearance from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
ALSO READ Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s filmHowever, even the ruling BJP’s state media coordinator Surajpal Singh Ammu has announced a reward of Rs. 10 crore for beheading Padukone and Bhansali.Padmavati has been facing controversy since Sanjay Leela Bhansali started shooting the film earlier this year. The director was roughed up by the Shree Rajput Karni Sena members in Jaipur and the film’s sets were vandalised.
ALSO READ Nahargarh Fort Death: Is it connected to Padmavati? Some unanswered questionsThe epicenter of protests is Rajasthan. The Karni Sena activists have upped the ante against Padmavati by staging protests in various parts of the country, covering Bangalore in the South as well.On Saturday, Police baton charged members of Karni Sena while they were taking out protest rallies against Padmavati film in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

Nahargarh Fort Death: Is it connected to Padmavati? Some unanswered questions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A dead body was found hanging on the ramparts of Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday, with a threat note engraved on the rocks in protest of the movie ‘Padmavati’.The deceased has been identified as Chetan, a resident of Jaipur’s Shastri Nagar from the Aadhaar card found in his pocket. He was working at a jewellery shop.However, questions are being raised over the death. An investigation is on to find out whether it was suicide or murder.There were dozens of messages written in charcoal, however, no charcoal marks were found on the hands of the deceased. ALSO READ Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitatorsInterestingly, each message mentioned Padmavati. One message reads, ‘Chetan Tantrik mara gaya ‘. Another message mention that they (the ones who have hanged the body) do not hang effigies.The film has been in the eye of the storm following protests from conservative groups over alleged tampering with historical facts, a contention which filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has denied repeatedly.With the protest against Padmavati escalating every day, the matter now seems to have taken a communal angle.A few days ago, effigies of stars, including Salman Khan were hanged from Chittorgarh fort and the body of Chetan was hanged in the same way.In these messages, one thing is coincidence — the messages mention ‘Chetan Tantrik’ and the deceased has been identified as a man named Chetan. Chetan Raghav was the tantrik who was thrown out of the Chittor court and who first mentioned the beauty of Padmini (Padmavati) to Khilji.The police are exploring all angles, but it is an issue of serious concern as this is the first protest against those opposing Padmavati release. ALSO READ Revealed: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will NOT hit the UK theatres on December 1!On Thursday, Karni Sena had threatened to burn theatres in the UK after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared Padmavati for the UK audience.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state. ALSO READ Pahlaj Nihalani reacts to ‘Padmavati’ row and CBFC: Delaying the decision is shying away from job

India Padmavati: Body found near fort linked to film protest

Protesting right-wing groups say the film Padmavati “insults” an iconic Hindu queen.

Body with ‘Padmavati ka virodh’ message found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing row and threats to actors over Bollywood movie Padmavati, a body was found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort with a message ‘Padmavati ka virodh’.’Padmavati’ has been facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused Bhansali of distorting history.A message ‘we don’t burn effigies, we hang people’ was found written near the body.However, Karni Sena which has demanded a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film denied their involvement in the incident.”This could be a suicide. This is not our way of protest. We condemn this,” Karni Sena President Mahipal Singh Makrana told CNN NEWS-18.On Thursday, Karni Sena had threatened to burn theatres in the UK after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared Padmavati for the UK audience.“I myself wanted to go there to protest but the Indian government has confiscated my passport, so I will ask the Rajput community there to protest,” Sukhdev Singh, a leader of Karni Sena told a news channel.Meanwhile, a functionary at Viacom 18, however, said there was no plan to release the film globally without it being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As the film was supposed to release on December 1, there are over 50 countries where this process (of certification) is on, he said.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.

Padmavati row: After Madhya Pradesh, now Gujarat bans Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat on Wednesday banned the screening of controversial Bollywood film Padmavati.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the ban on the movie for “hurting the sentiments of Rajputs” in the state.”The Government of Gujarat will not allow #Padmavati – a movie hurting sentiments of Rajputs – to get released in the State. We can’t allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech & expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated,” CM Rupani said on Twitter.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has been marred in a controversy, where a group has alleged that the film ‘distorts’ the history of Rajput queen Padmini.On Monday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also banned the controversial movie on ‘Rani Padmini’ in the state. Chouhan said the movie which has distorted facts about the Rajput queen will not make it to the theatres in Madhya Pradesh even though the film maybe given a green signal by the censor board.Before Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan distributors had also refused to show the movie.Other states like Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have also urged the filmmakers to make the necessary changes in the movie and remove the “objectionable” parts in the film that may hurt the sentiments of the Rajput community.Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.The film was slated for release on December 1. But on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama has been delayed. The film was submitted to the CBFC for certification but it was returned to the makers because of ‘incomplete application’.The production house, Viacom18 motion pictures, sent out an official release on Sunday confirming the delay in the release of Padmavati.

Padmavati row: Watch film before opposing says union minister Birender Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Birender Singh said on Tuesday that those opposing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama “Padmavati” should see the film first and then demand cuts if anything is found objectionable.With stiff opposition and threats from various groups, who allege distortion of facts, producers of the Deepika Padukone starrer have deferred its release.”My opinion is very clear. Some of the historic facts may not be in consonance with our thinking…Those who are opposing, first they should see the movie. If they find something which hurts them, (they can ask the producers to) remove those (parts),” Singh said.He said the history of our country should be explored more in a realistic way.”And these movies are of course based on history. And I know certain directors, they take a lot of pain to study all angles of history. But popular sentiments should also be respected,” the steel minister said.Historical facts are important and they should be analysed in the “right perspective”, he said.”Any sane man should think of what is the best logic, whether what we are agitating (against) deserves that kind of approach or let (us) see first what is the movie (about),” he said.

Rahul Gandhi will help BJP to make make India Congress-free, taunts CM Yogi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Congress readies for long-awaited anointment of Rahul Gandhi as its chief, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath taunted India’s Grand Old Party with ‘it helps us’ jibe.Speaking to mediapersons in Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath said the Congress has always promoted dynasty rule and nepotism. “There is nothing new. What else would you expect from a party which has always promoted dynasty rule and nepotism. Except for the members of the Nehru-Gandhi, there is no place or others in Congress,” he reacted when asked about Gandhi becoming Congress President replacing his ailing mother Sonia Gandhi.“I would like him (Rahul) to take over as soon as possible. It will help BJP campaign further to make the country Congress-free sooner than expected after he takes over as the Congress President,” said the Chief Minister.“Will any Congress leader dare to contest against Rahul? When they have to follow the dynasty rule then I don’t know why the Congress party was doing the drama of presidential elections and beating the drum about following the democratic process for his elevation as Congress President,” quipped the CM Yogi.He pointed that few other parties like the Samajwadi Party and the BSP to follow the suit. Akhilesh Yadav replaced Mulayam Singh Yadav while BSP has nominated his brother Anand Kuar as heir apparent.On Mulayam’s statement that Lord Ram is popular only in North India whereas Lord Krishna is more popular from North to South, Yogi Adityanath said “Mulayam should read and study Dr Ram Manohar Lohia ideology properly or else he would not have been making such ridiculous comments on Gods.”Renewing his attack on filmmaker of controversial movie Padmavati, the Chief Minister said that “Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be punished for distorting historical facts and demeaning character of Rani Padmavati who chose to perform ‘Jauhar’ to save her honour and modesty.“We will not allow anyone to hurt people’s sentiments. If people are protesting all over the country then the filmmaker should understand and respect their sentiments. We have already lodged our protest with the Information and broadcasting ministry and the CBFC in this regard,” pointed he.The movie has already been banned in Uttar Pradesh even after Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali agreeing to defer the release date. The film was to be released on December 1.The dputy Chief Minister Keshav PrasadMaurya, who also holds the entertain tax ministry has already announced that “the state government will not allow the movie to be released in Uttar Pradesh unless the controversial scenes and portions are removed from the film.Yogi Adityanath excuded confidence that BJP will win majority seats in local bodies going to polls. “Unlike previous regimes, our aim is to strengthen local bodies to act as self governments in their respective areas without looking for any help from the state government,” he promised.

Politics peaks as states spar over movie

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court rejected a petition against ‘Padmavati’, but politics over the movie escalated as the BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh said they would not allow its screening till “the controversial scenes” are deleted. Even the Congress government in Punjab backed protesters who say any depiction of romance between legendary Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultnate ruler Alauddin Khilji is wrong and insults the Rajput community.West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC head Mamata Banerjee, however, termed the controversy a calculated plan to destroy the freedom to expression and condemned “this super emergency.” J&K’s main opposition National Conference also wrote to CM Mehbooba Mufti to ban the release in Jammu.Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has asked his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to act against those threatening actor Deepika Padukone for her portrayal of Padmini. Padukone and director Sanjay Bhansali have received threats. Bhansali was also attacked on set in January by a Rajput organisation.MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan told delegations of the Rajput community that his government will not tolerate any distortion of history. “Even if passed by the censor board, the movie wouldn’t be released in the state,” he said.UP’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the state government will not allow ‘Padmavati’ to be released in the state till filmmakers delete all controversial scenes and objectionable portions. The film’s makers have already deferred the movie’s release. It was release on December 1.Punjab CM Amarinder Singh became the first Congress leader to speak against the Rs 190-crore film when he said, “Nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.Rajasthan has already asked for removal of the “objectionable” parts of the film based on a 16th century poem, ‘Padmavat’. Historians have been divided over whether the queen ever existed. The film’s makers have been denying allegations of any distortion of history.

No pre-judging: SC junks petition against Sanjay Leela Bhansali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday junked a petition that sought criminal charges against Padmavati’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for allegedly defaming the legendary Hindu queen’s character. The court said it did not want to pre-judge the movie as it was still pending before the censor board.This comes amid widespread protests by groups — claiming to represent the Rajput community — against the movie that has deeply divided chief ministers in several states. A bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that the matter was still pending before the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) and it was too premature to be decided by it (the court). The bench — also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud — said that it did not want to pre-judge the film.The petition had been filed by advocate ML Sharma who said Bhansali defamed the queen by portraying her as a dancer.The apex court, however, disagreed with him and said that no case was made.Protesters who have issued threats against the director and actors say the depiction of romance between Padmini and Delhi Sultnate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying allegations of any distortion of history. Historians have also been divided over whether the queen ever existed.During the brief hearing, Sharma objected to songs already released by the production house as part of its promotional strategy. “Half the movie has already been released and without any proper certification,” Sharma argued.To this, senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the film, responded that the process for certification is on and all appropriate paperwork was in order for the material that is already on air. The production house has deferred the December 1 release of the movie.But trouble for the movie continues. A Varanasi court directed the local police to register an FIR against Bhansali for “insulting the religion, selling or printing defamatory matter and public mischief.” Petitioner Kamlesh Chandra has sought a ban on the film and action against its makers for depicting the character of Rani Padmavati in poor light which has “hurt the sentiments of Indians.” The court issued summons to Bhansali who was also attacked on sets in January by a Rajput organisation.

Padmavati row: Rajputs to burn Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s effigies in Bihar today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The protests demonstrations against the release of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” has reached Bihar where members of the “Kshatriya samaj” will hold statewide agitation on Saturday.The announcement was made by Lokendra Singh Kalvi, who was in Patna on Friday, to garner support for his movement, and the demonstrations will be led by “Kshatriya Samanvay Samiti-Bihar”.On Saturday, members of the community will burn effigies of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and other artists in the movie in all district headquarters of the state besides demanding to ban the release of the film, “which hurts their sentiments”. Women of the Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha, under the “Veerangana team” will also hit the roads in Saturday’s protest. A “Sankalp Sabha” will be organised in Patna.The protesters will also hold an “Aakrosh march” against the film on November 26. “We will also write to the administration and owners of cinema halls, not to release the movie,” said a functionary of the Kshatriya Samiti.The movie has witnessed widespread protests by members of the Rajput community across the nation, who claim that “their history has been distorted in the film”. On Friday, the protesters faced flak when one of the had said that they will cut actor Deepika Padukone’s nose if the movie is released.

Padmavati row: UP organisation announces Rs 5 crore reward for beheading Deepika, Sanjay Leela Bhansali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Karni Sena, now Chatriya Samaj in Uttar Pradesh has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone.Demanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Chatriya Samaj has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone who played the character of Padmavati in the movie.Thakur Som, who is an active member of the Samajwadi Party, warned the Bollywood actress to leave the country or face beheading. He had also threatened the Director Sanjay to withdraw release of the controversial film or be ready to face the consequences.“The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” stated Som.

Padmavati protests intensify in Rajasthan, outfits threaten strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests against the Deepika-starrer Padmavati are steadily growing in scale across Rajasthan. Various state-based community organisations, political leaders, legislators are beefing up their demand for a ban on the Bhansali movie. The demand for the formation of a panel to preview the movie before release is also gaining momentum, with threats range from bandhs to protests.Rajput outfit Karni Sena has called for a Rajasthan Bandh on November 30 while the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha will hold a protest rally at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.The protests have started to turn violent as Karni Sena on Tuesday vandalised a cinema hall in Kota and warned the cinema hall administration to not release the film. Eight persons were arrested in this connection. Salumbar town of Udaipur district remained shut down due to a bandh.Residents of Chittorgarh, where the story of Padmavati is based, have started a protest at the foot of the fort. They have threatened that it will be closed down from November 17 if the ban is not carried out.Acharya Dharmendra, of the Ramjanm Bhumi-Mukti Andolan, on Tuesday demanded that history should not be distorted and stressed on the need for a ‘Community based Censor Board’ to clear films and TV serials with historical background. “I am in touch with great saints of the country and we are planning to organise a committee which will develop ‘Community Censor Board’ to analyse films based on history and religion, and will hold them back if it is found offensive,” he said.Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Tuesday reiterated that no one would be allowed to the law in their hands.Chief minister Vasundhara Raje faces pressure from within her flock as two MLAs of BJP, Gyan Dev Ahuja, MLA from Alwar of Ramgarh Constituency, and Shaitan Singh Rathore, MLA from Jaisalmer, have written to her and in no uncertain terms demanded that the film be banned.Even as the release date for the film comes closer, the state government has no plan of action to contain the tension.

FRICTION & FICTION: Keeping Padmavati ‘alive’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticism and curiosity adumbrates arrival of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati. Plotted in backdrop of a martyred queen of Chittorgarh, Padmini, the movie has been caught in allegations of distorting historical facts.Several sections of society have out against the film, the most vehement protest came from erstwhile royal families. The protest voices were joined by tour guides who demonstrated at Amber palace courtyard in Jaipur against the movie on Saturday afternoon while BJP MLA and member of former Jaipur royal family, Diya Kumari launched a “signature campaign” urging the film producer to have the movie reviewed by a forum of historians before the release.Meanwhile, other erstwhile royals too have released statements. Gaj Singh of Jodhpur royal family even demanded change in name of characters. Objections also have floated over the possible glorification of “Khiji” as those who revere Padmani see him as a cruel invader, the Shahpura former royal family member Devayush Singh warned at a press conference.However, amid the protest noises, the film producers also gained some support as a female member of Bundi erstwhile rulers urged the protesting section to ‘let the movie release’ before jumping to any conclusion.Also, Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi today reached Chittorgarh to participate in a protest march against film Padmavati. He said that the central government should ban the film or be ready to face the consequences.FLICK FRACASl In this case, the issue is more to do with mass entertainment than accurate historical portrayal & the producers should admit as such and desist from using historical names and admit to historical fiction based upon a particular period of history—Gaj Singh, from erstwhile ruler of Jodhpur.l We will take the signature campaign against the movie to all divisions of state. The movie director should sit across the table and have the movie reviewed by a forum of historians before release.—MLA Diya Kumari while launching a signature campaign at Jaipur.l Maharani Padmavati remains a revered historical figure and her presentation should be based on facts. Glorification of invader Khilji will be a disrespect to the entire nation—Devayush Singh, member of former Shahpura royal family.Sanjay Leela Bhansali has assured us that there is nothing demeaning in the movie. Let it release, if there is something objectionable we will protest—Mayuri Singh of Bundi, former royal family.l Our business suffers when shooting takes place at historical monuments, but we are even more gravely hurt when these movies distort the facts. This creates a false presumption for the masses and even when we narrate them the true sequence of events they are unable to shrug off the perception created by movies.—Madan Singh Rajpura, president, Jaipur Tourist Guide AssociationBreaking Member of erstwhile royal family of Udaipur — Mewar, Vishvaraj Singh, on Saturday send an email to PM Modi requesting him to stop the release of the Bhasali flim. “… At no time have the film makers approached my family to verify the facts,” he wrote.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be tried for treason: CBFC’s Arjun Gupta writes to Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, CBFC member Arjun Gupta came out strongly against Sanjay Leela Bhansali saying he ought to be tried for ‘treason’. He said he had written to a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the matter.He was quoted saying by ANI: “I have written a letter to Home Minister that Sanjay Leela Bhansali be tried for treason & strict action be taken against him. If this is not done he will continue making such films.”Earlier, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria at a public function in Jhunjhunu on Thursday said, “In case there are any scenes that hurt the sentiments of the public, they will be removed only then will the film be released,” he said. “We will speak to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the issue. The dignity of Padmini will not be put at stake under any circumstances,” said Kataria. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Wednesday cleared the air over rumoured romantic scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in his magnum opus ‘Padmavati’, saying there was such sequence in the film.In a video, released by film co-producer Viacom 18, the director said ‘This movie embroiled into so many controversies because of some rumour. Rumour is this, in the movie a dream scene has been filmed between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. I have already rejected this claim and also given a written proof of this. Today again, I am reiterating through this video that in our movie there is no such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, which would hurt the sentiments of anyone.’He further said that they made the period drama with complete honesty and it is a tribute to Rani Padmavati’s courage.‘I have been influenced with Rani Padmavati’s story from very beginning. This film is a tribute to her courage and sacrifice. We have made this film with responsibility and also considered the sentiments and dignity of Rajput community,’ he said in the video.Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, have issued innumerable threats as they believe Bhansali filmed a dream sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati.Padmavati is based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi language epic poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540.The film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maha Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.The movie, slated to release on December 1, has run into controversy over its plot, with some right wing outfits calling it the wrong portrayal of the Rajput queen.The period drama has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.In January, activists of the Karni Sena had also protested and misbehaved with the crew of Padmavati and also thrashed Bhansali.

Jaipur royal and BJP MLA Diya Kumari issues dire warning to Padmavati team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari has warned that Padmavati would not be released if it does not depict history authentically and takes liberty with facts. Interestingly, Deepika had been hosted by erstwhile Jaipur royals while she was promoting Bajirao Mastani another Bhansali film that had attracted controversy for similar reasons; distorting history. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the legislator said “No film should hurt the sentiments of a community by twisting historical facts. The director of the film Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not wrongly depict the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittor.”The Rajput and Brahmin organisations have been demanding that the film be released only after a panel of historians are shown the film. Adding her voice to the demand, the member of the erstwhile royal family also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it. Speaking on behalf of the community, Diya Kumari said the Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians.Interestingly Deepika Padukone, who portrays the character of Padmavati the valiant queen of Chittorgarh had visited the erstwhile Jaipur royal family in 2015 while doing the promotional rounds for her film Bajirao Mastani. She rode a royal buggy and had met three generations of the family. Incidentally Bajirao Mastani was also by Bhansali and had courted controversy. Padmavati is slated for a December 1 release.

Does Sanjay Leela Bansali has guts to do films on other religion, will not tolerate anymore: Giriraj Singh on Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh has now weighed in on the raging Padmavati debate. Speaking to ANI, he said, ” Does Sanjay Bhansali or anyone else have guts to make films on other religions or comment upon them?”. He further said:Union Minister Uma Bharti on Friday said the film ‘Padmavati’ should not be attached with the Rajput community as it represents the pride of Indian woman, “I cannot remain neutral on the subject of Rani Padmavati. I request for not associating the film ‘Padmavati’ with the Rajput community instead with the pride of Indian woman,” the Union Minister tweeted. She added that prior to the release of the film, historians, filmmakers and the censor board together should form a committee and then come up with a decision.The BJP had earl earlier approached the Election Commission seeking its intervention to stop the release of Bollywood film “Padmavati” without a pre-release screening by the Kshatriya community, saying “distortion of facts” in the movie will hurt their sentiments.Earlier, Shankersinh Vaghela, an influential Kshatriya leader and former chief minister of the state, had made an identical demanded, and warned that if it was released without the community’s approval, there could be violence. Gujarat BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja said the party had received several representations from the Kshatriya community about “distortion of historical facts” in the film.
ALSO READ Ranveer Singh, Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt attend Deepika Padukone’s ‘Padmavati’ party”The Election Commission should arrange for pre-release screening of the movie for select Kshatriya representatives to provide them a fair opportunity to prevent unnecessary tension ahead of Gujarat polls,” Jadeja told reporters, adding a representation has been made to the poll panel to not allow the release of the film before that. “The BJP also condemns the heinous attempt to link queen Padmavati of the Rajput (Kshatriya) community — the contribution of which in the history of this country has been immense — with Alauddin Khilji in the film,” he said. Padmavati and Khilji had never met in real life, the BJP leader said. He said, in a representation to the Election Commission, the party has opposed its release as it will hurt the sentiments of the community members.Polling will be held in Gujarat in two phases on December 9 and 14, while the film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is slated to release on December 1.
ALSO READ Padmavati | Overwhelmed with the response, Deepika Padukone to host pre-release bashThe opposition Congress said the ruling party was doing politics and trying to turn the film into a poll issue. “Now that the elections are round the corner, you are writing to the EC asking it not to allow release of the movie. This is an attempt by the BJP to make it a poll issue,” Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said. Rajasthan-based Rajput community group Karni Sena had opposed the film, alleging distortion of history, and vandalised its sets. Bhansali was attacked by the members of the outfit while shooting in Rajasthan.With agency inputs

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Karni Sena, the group that attacked Sanjay Leela Bhansali, now destroys mirrors in 13th century fort

The Sena said it had warned that the mirrors in the Padmini palace would be destroyed if they were not removed. The mirrors, says the group, misrepresent the story of queen Padmini, who preferred to commit Jauhar or self-immolation to protect her honour rather than submit to Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 13th century Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was vandalised last evening, allegedly by activists of the Karni Sena.According to reports, the Sena that claimed responsibility for the attack, vandalised and shattered mirrors in Padmini Mahal, the palace of the legendary Rajput queen. The attackers pretended to be tourists to get past the lone security guard posted outside the palace, which stands within the fort complex, surrounded by a small lake.A case has been filed against unknown people.
ALSO READ Karni Sena spokesperson HITS OUT at Sanjay Leela Bhansali, makes some SHOCKING revelations!The Sena said it had warned that the mirrors in the Padmini palace would be destroyed if they were not removed. The mirrors, says the group, misrepresent the story of queen Padmini, who preferred to commit Jauhar or self-immolation to protect her honour rather than submit to Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. Khilji, the Sultan Of Delhi, had attacked the kingdom of Chittorgarh in 1303 apparently to capture the queen, renowned for her beauty.The same group had assaulted filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali last month during the shoot of his period drama “Padmavati”. The group had then accused Bhansali of filming a dream sequence depicting romance between Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Bhansali has denied the allegation.

BJP MP seeks action against portrayal of Padmavati ‘wrongly’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after violence marred the shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati in Jaipur, the issue figured in Lok Sabha on Thursday with a BJP MP demanding tough legal action for portraying the Rajput queen “wrongly”.BJP MP from Rajasthan CP Joshi said Padmavati was known for saving her honour by jumping into a pier, but the Director has portrayed her as a lover of the attacker. “I demand that filming the character in this manner be barred and tough legal action be taken for such action,” Joshi said during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha.Last month, Bhansali was allegedly roughed up by members of a Rajput community group, who also stopped the shooting of the film by damaging the sets at Jaigarh Fort, alleging that the director was “distorting facts” in the movie which is about Alauddin Khilji’s obsession with Rani Padmavati.Among other issues, concern was also raised in the House over the new US administration overhauling the work visa programmes like H-1B and L1, a move that will adversely hit the lifeline of Indian tech firms and professionals in the US.Jayadev Galla (TDP) demanded intervention in the matter by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “There should have been some announcement regarding this in the Budget. The Prime Minister should intervene since he has developed a good rapport with the US administration and discuss the matter,” Galla said.E T Mohammed Basheer (IUML) raised the issue of Najeeb Ahmed, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, who has been missing since October 15 last year, and said nothing has been done on the issue.”Delhi Police has not made any effective inquiry into the matter. I urge the Government to take steps to find out Najeeb Ahmed and refer his case to CBI. Effective inquiry should be carried out to punish the culprit,” Basheer said.Dhruv Narayan (Congress) drew the attention of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and said the Centre has not released the sanctioned fund of Rs 1,782 crore to drought-hit Karnataka.Kumar, who belongs to Karnataka, said Modi has already met Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and after that the amount due from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) has been cleared.”The sanctioned money will be released forthwith. Government of India is fully with the farmers of Karnataka and will extend all assistance,” Kumar said.

BJP leader offers Rs 10,000 to anyone who slaps Sanjay Leela Bhansali with a shoe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh named Akhilesh Kandelwal has reportedly offered Rs 10,000 to anyone who slaps Sanjay Leela Bhansali with a shoe, reported India Today. He was quoted saying: “They (such film personalities) are trying to distort our history to show us in poor light in public. We can no more remain silent. We consider it our responsibility to rein in such forces.”Earlier, protests over “Padmavati” took a new turn with Rajput groups coming up with fresh demands of title change and a review before the release even as Bhansali productions made it clear that there is no romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alaudin Khilji.The demand was raised at a joint press conference which was convened by Rajput Sabha to announce that they and Karni Sena agree over the demand that there will no distortion of historic facts in the movie. However, the president of the Rajput Sabha said that they have also demanded that a screening committee be formed by the group to screen the movie before its release but Bhansali productions are yet to act on the request.During the press conference, some of the members of the Karni Sena raised another demand that the film’s title should be changed and there should be no film in the name of “Padmavati” at all which was supported by the state President of Karni Sena Mahipal Singh.”There is no romantic dream sequence or any objectionable/ romantic scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khijli. It was not a part of the script. It was misconception and considering the sentiments of the community, we have clarified to them,” Shobha Sant, CEO of the Bhansali Productions said.”We are trying to present Rani Padmavati’s courageous nature. We will make the film which will make the country proud on Rani Padmavati,” she said. Mahipal said he put forward the sentiments of the youths of the Rajput community by demanding the title change. “We are thankful to the Bhansali productions that they have agreed to our demand that there will be no distortion of the historic facts in the movie,” he said.Sant, however, said the demand to change the title did not come up in their previous discussions with the group.”They have made this fresh demand for which I have nothing to say anything. This is not in my jurisdiction. They also did not raise this point in our discussion held before,” Sant said.Karni Sena members created a ruckus and manhandled Bhansali while the director was shooting the movie at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur on Friday.The incident drew sharp reactions from the film industry with members demanding action against the miscreants. Bhansali’s production house released a statement clarifying the “misconception” about the story but the team also cancelled its shooting in the city.

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Bhansali roughed up, Padmavati set vandalised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati vandalised by members of a Rajput organisation when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort here on Friday.The film’s shoot was stalled after the incident as the production team huddled together to decide on the next course of action. The SLB production house CEO flew to Jaipur late at night. No case from either side was filed till reports last came in.Members of Karni Sena, a Rajasthan-based Rajput outfit, interrupted the shooting of the film. According to police, the sets looked ravaged and the crew has reported several of their equipment broken.Karni Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi, however, said the escalation was not on their end. “Bhansali’s bodyguard who were escorting him fired shots before the police were called in,” he said. Ever since Bhansali announced his film based on the life of Chittor queen Padmavati after Bajirao Mastani, Rajput community has been roiled by what they term as “contorting history” for the big screen. Terming the plot of the movie as distortion of historical facts based on reports about intimacy between Chittor Queen Padmavati and Allaudin Khilji, second ruler of Khilji dynasty who attacked Chittor in 14th century, in the film, some Rajput outfits have openly registered their protest.Activists of Karani Sena reportedly reached the fort Friday afternoon, shouting slogans against the movie and demanding a halt on film’s shooting. They were miffed with Bhansali who despite reminders in past did not listen to their objections and proceeded with the shooting. Heated arguments then ensued between the film’s crew and the outfit members who reportedly tried to manhandle Bhansali who was seated at the site and protected by crew members who threw a human cordon around him. A video footage of the said incident shows the crew in shock and their electronic devices, furniture and sets strewn around the fort’s roof.Lokendra Singh Kalvi who heads the outfit denied there was any violence on their part. “We are against the falsehood woven into a historical subject,” he said. Police detained five activists of Karni Sena who were in custody till reports last came in.

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