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Teacher sits on 6 mats, kids on floor; DEO issues notice

During winter, people seek cozy environment! But, when you are at work, this might not be possible.The District Education Officer (DEO) Mahesh Mehta has recently issued a notice to a teacher of a government school in Ahmedabad district for sitting on six mats even as 25 children of the class sat on the cold floor in winter.Interestingly, the teacher, Deepika Suthar of government primary school of Loliya village in Dholka block, had placed the mats on the top of two chairs. The mats were meant for Pragya classes.Mehta spotted this ‘insensitivity’ on a field visit and as a punishment, Suthar’s one year increment has been stalled. The episode will also find a mention in her Service Book. The officer found out that the kids were asked to bring mats from their homes if they want to sit on the same though under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, the mats and school infrastructure has been provided to each school.The notice read that as per the disciplines and disputes, the teacher has barred the kids from their child rights. It further stated that according to Gujarat Panchayat Service Rule 1997 Act-6, without any future implication she will be barred from an increment.DNA has a copy of the notice issued by DEO to the concerned teacher.TEACHER FACES MUSICInterestingly, the teacher, Deepika Suthar of government primary school of Loliya village in Dholka block, had placed the mats on the top of two chairs. The District Education Officer (DEO) Mahesh Mehta spotted this ‘insensitivity’ on a field visit. A notice has been served to her and her one year increment stalled.

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Padmavati row: People feel Padmini has been denigrated in Bhansali’s film, says Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said a large section of the society felt that Rajput queen Padmini was “denigrated” in the yet-to-be-released film “Padmavati” and that those associated with the Bollywood flick should come up with “an explanation that lends clarity”.Kumar, who had last week said he was not in favour of the film being released until the controversy surrounding it was resolved, was responding to queries on whether his government was in favour of banning the film.”A large section of the society feels that a respected historical figure has been denigrated in the movie, though nobody has watched it. The onus is on the makers of the film — its producer, director and others — to come out with a public statement on the issue. They must come up with an explanation that lends clarity to the issue,” Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of his weekly “Lok Samvad” programme.Also readPadmavati row: Hrithik Roshan, Varun Dhawan and Sonakshi Sinha condemn death threats to Deepika Padukone”As of now, the film has not even been cleared by the censor board. So, the question of imposing a ban is premature. But I still feel that the makers of the film must come up with a convincing explanation if they want the film, which is a fruit of their efforts, to reach the people,” Kumar said.Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and featuring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles, “Padmavati” is said to be based on medieval-era poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic of the same name.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Padmavati ban for women’s honour: Vijay RupaniThe film has left the political establishment in the country sharply divided.While the BJP has favoured an outright ban on the film, pointing towards the vociferous demands for it from the Rajput community, the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) have opposed any such move.
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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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Padmavati row | Parliamentary panel grills Sanjay Leela Bhansali over ‘selective media screening’ of film

‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali today faced a barrage of questions from a parliamentary panel which asked him if the “selective” media screening of his film was aimed at influencing the CBFC, sources said.Bhansali appeared before the parliamentary standing committee on information technology to share his views on the controversy surrounding the film.Sources said the members of the panel asked him, “How could you assume that the movie could be released on December 1 when you applied to the CBFC on November 11. As per the cinematography act, the CBFC may take 68 days before certifying a movie?””Is selective media screening of the movie fair and ethical? Was it an act to influence the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC),” they asked.They asked if the creating a controversy was a new trend to sell the movie, sources said.Also readPadmavati row: Nana Patekar says death threats to Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are unacceptableThe panel said media was giving free space due to the ongoing controversy and even social media had given the movie immense space.They said it seemed that his movies tend to target communities which produced tension between them.Also readSamajwadi twist to Padmavati row: When Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘chhoti bahu’ Aparna Yadav did beautiful ghoomar Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi was also scheduled to appear before the panel today, sources said.The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief had told another parliamentary panel earlier in the day that a decision on the film would be taken after showing it to experts, the sources said.Also readPadmavati: BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu, who offered Rs 10 crore for Deepika, Bhansali’s heads quits party postThe panel on information technology, which also looks into the issues of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, had called the meeting to discuss the problems and issues faced by the film.It is headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur and its members are senior BJP leader LK Advani and film actor Raj Babbar, a Congress leader.Various Rajput groups and political leaders have accused Bhansali of distorting history in the movie by using a romantic dream sequence between the Rajput queen Padmini and Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a claim repeatedly denied by the filmmaker.Historians are divided over whether Padmini actually existed. The Deepika Padukone-Shahid Kapoor-Ranveer Singh film was was earlier scheduled to release on December 1. The makers have deferred the release till they receive a certificate from the CBFC. They recently applied for 3D certification.
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My dream is to slap Farooq Abdullah, says BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu who offered bounty for Deepika’s head

Suraj Pal Amu, the BJP leader from Haryana who resigned weeks after announcing a bounty on Deepika Padukone’s head said that he wants to slap former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah.Amu had offered a Rs 10 crore bounty for beheading ‘Padmavati’ actor Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, on Wednesday resigned as the chief media coordinator of the state unit of the party.”Now my dream is to slap Farooq Abdullah on Lal Chowk, I challenge him to meet me there,” Amu said.Also readPadmavati: BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu, who offered Rs 10 crore for Deepika, Bhansali’s heads quits party postStating that with a heavy heart, he has resigned from the post he had in BJP, he said, “I am pained at the behavior of Haryana Chief Minister. I have never seen a BJP CM so arrogant who doesn’t respect party workers and community representatives.” Amu, however, said that he will continue to work as an ordinary BJP worker.In his resignation letter which he forwarded to state BJP chief Subhash Barala over WhatsApp, Amu stated that he was upset over Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar allegedly skipping a meeting with representatives of the Karni Sena.At a function of the Rajput community in Delhi recently, Amu had said, “how can we allow somebody to distort history and mislead the people by projecting the heroic character of Rani Padmavati in a poor light while glorifying the villains of history. We will not allow the release of this film at any cost”.Also readSC dismisses plea seeking to stall Padmavati release, rebukes Chief Ministers
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Padmavati: Supreme Court to hear plea against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will hear the plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma against the film Padmavati on Tuesday.Sharma is seeking direction to delete certain objectionable scenes from the movie.The plea filed by Sharma also sought prosecution of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.Earlier on November 10, the apex court rejected the petition filed against the release of Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati’, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet issued a certificate to the movie.The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.

Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s film

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after announcing Rs 10 crore bounty on Deepika Padukone’s head, BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu on Saturday threatened West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for backing the period saga Padmavati.Talking to reporters, Amu said in no uncertain terms that Mamata Banerjee must not forget what happened to Shurpnakaha.In an open threat, Amu said that the ‘Lakshman had cut the nose of evil women like Shurpnakaha. Mamata ji must not forget it.’The warning comes a day after the West Bengal Chief Minister said that she would welcome the Padmavati crew in her state and make arrangements for the screening of the movie.
ALSO READ Padmavati: It’s murder, my brother can’t commit suicide, says brother of Nahargarh Fort victim“If they are unable to release the film in any other state, we are ready to make special arrangements for it in our state. Bengal will be happy and proud to do it. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his Padmavati team are welcome here,” Banrejee had said at an event in Delhi.The Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer period drama, which was supposed to be released on December 1 had been deferred following protests in many parts of the country.
ALSO READ Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitatorsThe protests took brutal turn when a dead body was found hanging from the parapet of Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday. Though the charcoal writings found around the body linked it to the Padmavati protests, but the mystery remains.The police identified the man as 40-year-old fashion jewellery trader Chetan Saini, who had left home on Thursday afternoon but did not return. “My brother cannot commit suicide. He was not depressed nor was he under any financial or emotional pressure. It appears to be a murder. We demand an investigation. He has nothing to do with the graffiti,” said his brother Ram Ratan Saini.
ALSO READ Nahargarh Fort Death: Is it connected to Padmavati? Some unanswered questionsPolice officers and forensic teams rushed to the spot but could not conclude anything.“It’s premature to comment on the issue. Investigations are on,” said Satyendra Singh, DCP Jaipur (North). The police were collecting writing samples to ascertain who wrote the messages.

‘Violent threats and rewards not acceptable in democracy,’ says Venkaiah Naidu amid Padmavati row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the Padmavati row, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that giving violent threats and announcing rewards for physical harm was not acceptable in a democracy.”Not directly referring to the controversy, but films and art in general,” he warned against undermining the rule of law in the country.Naidu, at a literary festival here, said there is now a new problem over some films where people feel that they have hurt the sentiments of some religions or communities and that has led to protests.He said while protesting, some people go overboard and announce rewards.”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. You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to the appropriate authorities…you cannot physically obstruct and can’t give violent threats. Let us not undermine the rule of law,” he said.Stressing that he was not talking about a particular film but in general, Naidu read out names of previously banned films like Haram Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi.His remarks, however, assume significance as they come amid protests by many groups against Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Padmavati, alleging that the movie distorts history.Historians are divided on whether Rani Padmavati even existed.Some leaders and groups have also reportedly announced a bounty for beheading Bhansali and the female lead Deepika Padukone.”You have no right to take laws into your own hands. At the same time, you don’t have the right to hurt the sentiments of others”, Naidu said.The vice president also warned against selective condemnation and said it was wrong to link it to religion.He said there was a difference between religion and culture. While religion was a way of worship, culture was a way of life, he said.

Putting bounty on Deepika Padukone’s head is wrong, BJP’s Union Minister Babul Supriyo comes in defence of Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who has seen a successful stint as playback singer in Bollywood before joining politics, has come out in defence for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited magnum opus — Padmavati. Talking to WION’s Kartikeya Sharma, Supriyo voiced his concern over the violent protests against Deepika Padukone and why he feels that 2019 belongs to BJP. Here are the edited excerpts from the interview.Q: How do you look at the Padmavati controversy?A: Creative freedom exists in our country. The entire noise which exists around the film Padmavati is not desirable and lot of people have taken freedom of speech for granted. Whatever has happened is sad and shouldn’t have happened. Obviously, the CBFC is looking into the matter. The Information and Broadcasting ministry has made it very clear that matter should be left to the Censor Board. Controversies like these invites people to make comments out of turn. Only way to resolve the issue is through process and dialogue.Q: So, is it about creative freedom which artists enjoy?A: That is fair enough. I cannot give you an answer from an extreme point of view. Let’s take Padmavati aside for a moment. The debate on artistic freedom has been age-old worldwide. In France, a piece of art became controversial and it was removed. The debate about good cinema and bad cinema continues. Padmavati is a huge film. There are many people who want to see the film but there are some question marks on it too. People who have not seen the film are raising the questions. There are apprehensions and I feel dialogue is the way forward. We can celebrate the life of the queen without hurting the sentiments, which also needs to be looked into.Q: Deepika Padukone and other actors are being threatened?A: That’s not correct. Deepika is just an artist who portrayed the character. She did what she was told. Film is a director’s medium. Threats are deplorable and no one subscribes to it. Deepika Padukone is a beloved artist. The law of the land applies to everyone. There were lot of controversies around ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,’ that subsequently got resolved. I’m sure this too shall be resolved despite all the noise. It is going to find a good closure.Q: Do you think that in the word of internet, the bans work?A: I would say that let process take its course. Even if the CBFC doesn’t agree, filmmakers will still have tribunals to look into the issue. People have the liberty to approach other bodies. Artistic disagreements can happen with the CBFC and other bodies. I think it should be resolved peacefully. Music is about peace as it provides reprieve from the grind of daily life. I just hope that at the end, good for everyone shall prevail.Q: Should films be judged from the positions from community’s honour?A: The CBFC has to do the job. Life is not what is happening to you but how you react to it. Film is a huge process. Any good form of art it goes through its metamorphosis. I’m sure it will find its own way to reach people. As an artist, I pray for it and don’t want to take sides by adding fuel to the fire. For an example, with MF Hussain there were many controversies and I would see him at Lokhandwala but no one would attack him. We aren’t living a dream. People have their own apprehensions but I hope Padmavati reaches people in most beautiful manner. Cinema is about beauty.Q: Is the BJP well-placed in Gujarat?A: I’m certain that the BJP will surmount problems in Gujarat. Unless and until you move into a house you cannot decide what to do with it. The GST is only having teething problems which is being addressed properly and at regular intervals. GST is the biggest reform. The debate will continue. If you don’t bring larger section into the tax net it would not work in future for India. Modi has belled the cat and shown the courage to take reform agenda forward. Lot of praise should go to the Prime Minister Modi. We will win Gujarat. The debate only makes the follow up of the election very interesting.Q; How do you see Rahul Gandhi’s campaign. The economic policy of the Centre has become an issue.A: If Rahul Gandhi choses to take the side of the tax evaders, he will obviously find support. Lot of people wouldn’t like to pay taxes. But lot of people also pay taxes. Honest people pay taxes. They pay taxes for the country as poor needs to be subsidized. The government needs to meet those goals. Rahul has a lineage and people will listen to him. But he is confusing people. All state elections in past have shown that the mandate has been for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress by promising reservations to Patels is akin to fooling people as our senior leadership has pointed out.Q: Why couldn’t this be solved by the local BJP leadership?A: In a party, you cannot have six or seven Narendra Modi. He is the biggest leader and he will be at the centre stage. His move to centre from the state has not weakened the state unit. His vision is being implemented. You cannot have his replacement yet others are doing their job. He will be missed in key areas in the state but it doesn’t mean that job is not being done.Q: Why is the BJP importing leaders from other parties like Mukul Roy?A: Lot of people are getting convinced by our ideology. What is wrong in people joining us. People change with times and get attracted to other ideologies. Don’t people in corporates move. Don’t people want to do better in life. Coming to BJP is a promotion and I welcome them. When you are trying to do better in life then the better place to go is BJP. They are doing the right thing.Q: What were the hits and misses of BJP campaign in West Bengal?A: Trinamool Congress and the Left for a long period of time have practiced different kind of politics. In remote areas, they have done nothing. Votes were purchased. 100 rupees also make a difference in some areas. They have given cycles in the name of government schemes.Q: But BJP was not able to funnel its support into seats?A: BJP has not been traditionally present in West Bengal. It was Left and Congress and then TMC. We are taking steps. Mamta out of 30 minutes spends majority of time attacking BJP. We will do very well in 2019. We have the space in West Bengal.Q: Is BJP prepared for 2019 elections?A: There will be few hits and misses but in the end, we will come out stronger. Our party has done exceedingly well under the Prime Minister. The reform agenda will continue.

Padmavati row: Haryana BJP leader booked for Rs 10 crore bounty offer against Bhansali, Deepika

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurgaon Police today booked Haryana BJP leader Surajpal Singh Amu for allegedly announcing a Rs 10 crore reward to anyone beheading Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone.A case has been registered against Amu, the chief media coordinator of the BJP’s Haryana unit, for criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the sector 29 police station here on a complaint filed by a Bhansali fan, a police official said. Pawan Kumar, a resident of Chakkarpur village here, in his complaint said that his “feelings were badly hurt” by the BJP leader’s recent statement.”I saw Amu announcing a Rs 10 crore reward for beheading film actress Padukone and filmmaker Bhansali on a news channel. He has threatened both of dire consequences. Lives of Padukone and Bhansali were in danger. Please take action against Amu,” Kumar said in his complaint. Amu, meanwhile, remained defiant and dared the Haryana Police to arrest him. The BJP leader said he stood firmly by his statement whether he remained in the party or not.Amu said he made the statement personally as a “Rajput” and not as an office-bearer of the party.Earlier, Amu had claimed that legendary queen ‘Padmavati’ had been improperly depicted in the film by the same name, and reportedly offered Rs 10 crore to anyone beheading Bhansali and Padukone. We have registered a case in this connection and the initial probe is in progress, Ravinder Kumar (PRO) Gurgaon Police said.

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.

Haryana BJP leader echoes fringe group’s call to behead Deepika and Bhansali, raises offer to Rs 10 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suraj Pal Amu, Haryana’s BJP Chief media coordinator launched an astonishing attack on the cast and crew Padmavati. He congratulated the Meerut youngsters for announcing a Rs 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali and added that he would reward them RS 10 crore and take care of their family’s needs.Attacking Ranveer Singh, he said that if he didn’t take back his words, he’s break the actor’s legs. He also said he would ask BJP if needed and asked PM Modi to ‘exercise his powers to strike down the film’.The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday booked a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community who announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika PadukoneDemanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Kshatriya 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.“A case has been filed against Som under section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC at the Nauchandi police station,” Meerut superintendent of police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan told Times of India. The proposed release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” has been deferred, the makers of the film said today. In a statement to PTI, a spokesperson of Viacom18 Motion Pictures said it had taken the decision “voluntarily”.”Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1st 2017,” it said.The spokesman said it had the highest regard for the law of the land and statutory bodies such as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).As a “responsible and law-abiding corporate citizen”, it was committed to following the established procedure and convention, it said.”We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film,” the statement read.Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi had yesterday slammed the makers for allowing the film to be screened for various media channels before obtaining a certificate from the board.The CBFC had sent the film back to the producer as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.”…We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the Central Board of Film Certification,” the statement said.The studio said it would soon announce the new release date for the film.”We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course. We stand firm in our commitment to tell endearing tales that resonate with our audiences the world over as we have in the past with our other projects such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Queen’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and many more,” it said.The makers reiterated that the film was a cinematic masterpiece capturing “Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory”.”The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s story-telling prowess across the globe,” it said.”Padmavati” has been facing controversy since Bhansali started shooting the film earlier this year.The director was roughed up by members of the fringe group Rajput Karni Sena in Jaipur. Its elaborate sets were also vandalised during shooting schedules in Jaipur and Kolhapur.The first poster of the movie was released in October this year and triggered a storm with various Rajput groups and others claiming that the director had “distorted” historical facts.Bhansali and lead actor Deepika Padukone have received threats. Their security has been beefed up by the Mumbai police.Meanwhile, the film fraternity has come out in support of Bhansali and the team, with many leading artistes calling it an attack on creative freedom.With inputs from PTI

Padmavati row: UP police books Thakur Abhishek Som who offered Rs 5 crore for heads of Deepika, Bhansali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday booked a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community who announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone Demanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Kshatriya 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.“A case has been filed against Som under section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC at the Nauchandi police station,” Meerut superintendent of police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan told Times of IndiaHe also said that efforts are being made to arrest the accused soon.Thakur Som, who is an active member of the Samajwadi Party, has 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 the history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” stated Som. Meanwhile, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has also threatened that it will intensify its protest against ‘Padmavati’ if the film was not banned.The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role of Rani Padmavati, with Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.The Supreme Court had recently refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of Padmavati, saying the Censor Board was yet to certify the movie.Bhansali, through a video statement, has sought to clear the air surrounding the film, saying he was careful in depicting the “Rajput honour and dignity” in the film.

Padmavati row: Protesters block Chittorgarh Fort, lawyer files plea against ‘objectionable scenes’ in SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesters today blocked the entry to the Chittorgarh Fort, which houses Padmini’s Palace, amid protests against Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’ across Rajasthan and various parts of the country.However, SP of Chittorgarh Prashan Kumar Khamsera said the fort, a world heritage site in Rajasthan, is not officially closed.”We have been informed by the protesters that entry to the fort will be blocked for tourists. We have made ample security arrangements to deal with the situation,” he said.Member of Sarv Samaj Sangathan and president of Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, Ummed Singh said, “A dharna demanding a ban on ‘Padmavati’ is continuing for the last eight days at Padan Pole. The Chittorgarh Fort will be closed for tourists today.”The Sarv Samaj Sangathan and some other outfits have termed a song in the film, which shows actor Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmini dancing in a courtyard, “crossing dramatic license”.Meanwhile, a lawyer, Manohar Lal Sharma filed a fresh petition on Friday in the SC against the movie,seeking the removal of ‘objectional scenes’. The apex court has said it would consider the plea but refused to give a date.The Karni Sena had alleged distortion of historical facts in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film starring Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Ranveer Singh.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) managing director Pradeep Kumar Borad has ruled out any change in operations of luxury train – Palace on Wheels – and said the train would be operating through the circuit and will be going to Chittorgarh.On whether the tourists would be taken to the Chittorgarh Fort, he said the local administration be able to comment on it better.In March, Chittorgarh Fort was vandalised by a group of men who broke mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace of the Rajput queen. Three mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace were damaged by four-five unidentified men.The controversy over the film had taken an ugly turn yesterday as a leader of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena cited Ramayana’s Surpanakha nose-chopping incident and warned Deepika Padukone against “inciting” sentiments.Following this the Mumbai Police tightened the security of Padukone. Police have beefed up security at Bhansali’s residence in Versova in Mumbai. Bhansali’s magnum opus sent back by CBFCSanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati on Friday was sent back to the filmmaker by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) citing technical reasons. Sources said, “The movie will be reviewed as per set norms once it is sent back to the CBFC after sorting out the issue.”The film has been facing protests from various group for allegedly tampering with historical facts.Earlier, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed against the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the CBFC was yet to issue a certificate to the movie.The top court had added that the CBFC was an independent body and the court should not intervene in their jurisdiction.Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Friday lashed out at actress Deepika Padukone, who is playing the role of Rani Padmavati onscreen, saying she was not the president of India to roll out orders on the release of the movie ‘Padmavati’.Kalvi told ANI, “Who will tolerate the fact that Rani Padmavati is being shown as the lover of Allauddin Khilji? Deepika Padukone, in her statement, said that the film would be released at any cost. She is not the president of this nation. She is trying to provoke us. I, the founder of Rajput Karni Sena, am saying that this film will not be 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.

Subramanian Swamy irked by Deepika remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader Subramanian Swamy slammed actor Deepika Padukone on Tuesday for her comments regarding the hullabaloo around ‘Padmavati’.“It`s appalling, it`s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed,” she had said, commenting on the spiralling controversy around the epic drama.Reacting to Deepika’s comments, Swamy tweeted – “Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression. Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.”Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) November 14, 2017Doubts on the extent to which the National Award-winning filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has fictionalised the story has led to a row with politicians, organisations and individuals raising a finger at him for ‘distorting history’ and demanding that the release of ‘Padmavati’ be stalled. However, Deepika is convinced the movie will release, as scheduled, on December 1.As a woman, I feel proud to be a part of this film and to tell this story, which needs to be told. And it needs to be told now,” Deepika, who plays the title role in Bhansali`s professed tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rajput queen told IANS.“The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” she said, adding that the film industry`s support symbolises how “this is not about `Padmavati`. We`re fighting a much bigger battle.”“They are very independent individuals and very strong characters,” Deepika added, pointing out that in ‘Padmavati’, while there are two men – Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh – she essays the title role, which “does not happen often in a woman`s career”.“I celebrate that,” she said.‘Padmavati’ marks the third film that Deepika has worked in under Bhansali`s direction after ‘Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’

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

Stop release of Padmavati, BJP leaders to CEC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging that the movie ‘Padmavati’ distorts history, Kshatriya community leaders belonging to BJP have written to the Chief Election Commissioner demanding that the film’s release be put on hold ahead of the Gujarat elections.BJP vice-president IK Jadeja said that they have received representations from Kshatriya community in 17-18 districts of Gujarat expressing concern about distortion of history in the movie starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.”There are reports that makers of the film have distorted history. Rani Padmavati is presented in poor light. Our demand is that the film should not be allowed to release.The Censor Board should review it again, and allow it to be released only with appropriate certification. This is important so that no community is offended, and unnecessary controversies are avoided before elections,” Jadeja said.Jadeja, along with other BJP leaders such as Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Pradipsinh Jadeja, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, and Balvantsinh Rajput, who too belong to Kshatriya community, had met and decided to represent to the CEC about the movie.The BJP leader accused Padmavati director and producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali of generating controversies for publicity of his movies.The movie has led to angry protests at several places, most notably Rajasthan, from where Rani Padmavati hailed. Members of a Kshatriya outfit had stopped the movie’s shooting a few months ago, slapped Bhansali, and even vandalised the film’s sets. More recently, a rangoli depicting Deepika Padukone as Padmavati was destroyed in a mall in Surat. The movie is slated to be released on December 1, while Gujarat goes to polls on December 9 and 14.

DNA Morning Must Reads: PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Varanasi, SC’s stern warning to BCCI, and more

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Ten killed as car falls into canal on Mathura-Bharat road

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As many as ten people were killed when the car by which they were travelling fell into the Fatehpur canal on the Mathura-Bharatpur road in the wee hours of Sunday. The travellers were going to Balaji in their Innova, when the driver lost control of the vehicle around 4.30 a.m. and it fell into the canal. The police fished out nine bodies – of that of Mahesh Sharma, Deepika Sharma, Poonam, Hardik, Ritik, Rohan, Khushboo, Himanshu and Surabhi – all of who belonged to the Rajeev colony of Subhash Nagar in Bareilly. The driver, who was missing earlier, was also found dead.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Come to Kashmir again’: Mehbooba Mufti promotes state tourism during Mumbai visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Upset about the steep decline in tourism in Kashmir after the last year’s unrest, state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti who is visiting Mumbai said that the best way to pay homage to martyrs of the violence is to visit Kashmir. “A strange desertion has taken over the streets of Kashmir. It pains my heart to see it. I have come here to request all of you to come to Kashmir again and give us our bread and butter. We strive on tourism,” said Mufti on Friday evening at a film promotional event.Refusing to entertain any political questions, Mufti when asked to comment on India and Pakistan’s relationship said she would stand by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s statement, “You can change your friends but you can’t change your neighbours” . Making a passing reference to last year’s violence Mufti said, “I want all of you to come over as I want to see my children chasing birds and butterflies and throwing stones at each other.” She also blamed media for exaggerated coverage of violence which shaped the impression of unrest in entire Kashmir. “It was just one corner of Kashmir which saw the unrest but people even stopped coming to Jammu, “she added.With loads of Bollywood celebrities turning up at the event, Mufti was asked who would she liked to be brand ambassador of Kashmir between Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone. The CM replied she would prefer the Khan brothers, particularly Salman Khan. Mufti also said she is considering converting a village of Kashmir into Film city to encourage more shooting in the valley. The chief minister said she was here to meet a few industrialist and has got positive response from them. “Two years ago my father had come to Mumbai to invite all of you to Kashmir. Today I have come to do the same. Please do visit us, “she added.

‘Padmavati’ film set vandalised, crew gets police protection

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The set of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmavati” was vandalised by unidentified persons at Mhasai Pathar in Kolhapur district in the wee hours today. The miscreants also torched the costumes and the animal feed kept there for the horses featuring in the period drama, said the police. Following the incident, the film’s crew has been provided police protection, Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar said. The shooting of the Deepika Padukone-starer was underway at Mhasai Pathar, a rocky plateau in the western Maharashtra district, when a group of around 20 people came to the set between 1 AM and 2 AM today, the police said. The miscreants set on fire the costumes of the film and also burnt the fodder kept for the horses, said Senior Police Inspector Dhanya Kumar Godse of Panhala police station. The film’s crew members caught hold of two of the vandals, whose accomplices attacked the film crew and fled the scene after getting them freed, said Godse. The vandals also tried to set ablaze the vehicles of the crew members parked near the set. The reason behind the protest was not yet known, the police said. Godse said no formal complaint has been lodged so far in connection with the incident. The film’s producers were not available for comments. MoS (Home) Kesarkar, meanwhile, said in Mumbai that the film’s producers have been asked to file a complaint with the police regarding the incident. Once the complaint is filed, the incident would be probed into by the state Home Department, he said. “The police officials, including the inspector general of police of Kolhapur range and the district SP have met Bhansali and his team. “The shooting was going on at Mhasai plateau, some six km away from the iconic Panhala fort in Kolhapur district. After the incident, the state Home department has given them protection and deployed an officer and 12 other policemen,” he told reporters outside Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Updates on pro-Jallikattu protest; Priyanka-Dimple to unleash women power in UP; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Live | Jallikattu protesters demanding permanent lift on ban being evicted by police from Chennai’s Marina BeachFollow live updates on Jallikattu protest. Read more.2. Hirakhand Express derailment: At least 39 killed; Railways suspects foul play, police don’t39 killed, 69 injured as Hirakhand Express goes off tracks. Read more.3. UP Election 2017: After Sonia, Priyanka-Dimple to unleash women power in UPSonia ji continues to be the most valuable political asset for us, but she has gradually withdrawn herself: A senior party aide. Read more.4. UP Election 2017: Congress gets 105 seats in UP, ties up with SPAt a joint press conference here, leaders of the two parties said that the SP will contest 298 of the 403 seats and the Congress the remaining 105. Read more.5. Why Deepika Padukone is unaffected by the backlash on her “having Vin’s babies in my head”Deepika speaks about her comment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Read more.

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