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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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Padmavati row | ‘Our democratic nation is at stake…what have we come to be,’ Bombay High Court blasts fringe groups

Openly coming out in support for the release of film Padmavati, the Bombay High Court on Thursday said “what have we come to be. This is called a censorship of different kind, where you will not be alive to say anything, we are very disturbed.”A division bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice Bharati Dangre, while coming down heavily on the present situation, where chief minister of different states have stopped screening of films, it said “we have been noting that all the crimes and attempts by fringe groups to attack rational views and expressions is disturbing. What would have happened, if these people (filmmakers/performers) were not financially strong to withhold open threats of being beheaded, does this not affect government. Soon people will not be able to even convene a meeting.”The observations came by the bench while hearing a petition filed by the family members of deceased rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Dr Govind Pansare, seeking a court monitored probe.Commenting on the reward being offered by some people for killing actor Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Lela Bhansali, the court said, “The situation so created is not conducive for writers, performers, social thinkers, who are under threat. What is at stake is our democratic nation, we cannot take pride to be a largest democracy, when we are confronted with the happenings around.”Asking the government to learn from the attack on the Indian Parliament and assassination of Prime Minister, the court said “In other countries when a man drives in a truck with arms, within hours the police track him down, dead or alive. The entire country is locked down and they take the attack as an affront to the nation. Everybody is alerted, but we don’t take it seriously. It has a cascading effect, officials are detached from public sentiment.”The court has asked the CBI and SIT probing the cases, of Dabholkar and Pansare to work together and convene a joint meeting to share information and details to track down the wanted accused.Asking the government to be sensitive to the threats faced by journalist, writers, performers and social thinkers especially in progressive states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, court said, “These states were known for their progressive thinkers and social reformers but now the situation is such that if your view is contrary, they will knock you out. Situation will get worse. If this continues, we will not hesitate in taking charge, how many incidents can we keep ignoring.”Referring to the attack on two foreigners by a mob for refusing to take their pictures, Justice Dharmadhikari said “somebody visits this country as a tourist and he is attacked. Performances are disrupted, shows stopped. It is happening in every state. Imagine the image of country that is being seen outside in the world. The court continue hearing the plea on December, 21.
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Raj(e)niti: A reward for merit may award votes for BJP

In normal course, it’s difficult to supersede three senior officers in a row to pick a choice. But in case of Om Prakash Galhotra, chief minister Vasundhara Raje didn’t hesitate in naming him the top cop. She rewarded merit over seniority. And placing the best man on job is likely to boost not only the morale of state police but also the poll prospects of BJP.Raje, known for using her political acumen to the best while deciding the top postings, has once again played a master stroke. Galhotra, a competent officer from backward community will brighten chances of BJP penetrating deep into the vote bank of backward castes. In this tenure she performed this trick twice. First in 2016, she reached out to the strong Meena community – a traditional Congress- by appointing Om Prakash Meena as chief secretary. And now again she picked another Om Prakash to attract loyalty of backward classes. However, Galhotra doesn’t want to be labelled as a backward class officer. He prefers to contest on merit. Also unlike OP Meena, he doesn’t nurse any political ambition. When members of Rajak community approached to honour him, he plainly refused. He wants to be play it on merit only.Galhotra’s outstanding service record just helped her in firming up the decision. Raje knows that the year ahead would be challenging for her, both in terms of maintaining general law and order situation and carrying out elections peacefully.Incidentally, police force is also undergoing through tough situations. It needs a strong leader to boost the sagging morale of policemen, who are agitated over wage cut. There had been ugly incidences of indiscipline which had brought bad name for the force, specially when a section of jawans went on a mass leave skipping their duty of giving guard of honour to union home minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to Jodhpur. Besides that, he will have to maintain harmony among various castes. While there have been agitations against Padmavati movie, Gurjars too are readying for a fresh protest to press their decade old quota demand after the High Court puts a stay on government’s decision of providing them 5% reservation.In over 30 years of service, Galhotra has spent half the time on central deputation in CBI. This indicates his strong mental makeup and extra ordinary intelligence gathering skills.“CM needs a tough cop to overcome challenges which are lined up. With his exposure in CBI, Galhotra is equipped to deal with such situations, said a police official, who had worked under Galhotra. Seniority overlookedNavdeep Singh, a 1981 batch officer was probably overlooked as his wife Param Navdeep has been Congress MLAKapil Garg: a 1982 batch officer was neglected as RSS is believed to be against his candidature. During Dargah bomb blast in 2007, he linked it with Hindu terrorismSunil Kumar Mehrotra: a 1985 batch officer turned down as Galhotra outshines him in overall performance.On Central dutyCandidature of two other senior officers from Rajasthan cadre were not considered.K. K Sharma: a 1982 batch officer, he is already heading BSFSudhir Pratap Singh: a 1983 batch officer, he is DG National Security Guard, retiring in January 2018 1
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NDTF discusses historical relevance of Rani Padmini

Amid the raging controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie Padmavati, members of the right-wing groups, including BJP-affiliate National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) organised a lecture to discuss the “historical relevance” of Rani Padmini at Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College on Wednesday.The panel members included Balmukund Pandey, national organising secretary, RSS-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojana (ABISY), UGC member Indra Mohan Kapahy, IGNOU professor Kapil Kumar and general secretary NDTF Virendra Singh Negi. According to them, the Indian history has constantly been “distorted” by “communist forces” since Independence.Rejecting that there is no “historical evidence” to substantiate the existence of Rani Padmini, Pandey said,”She was a historical figure and her existence has been discussed by the historians on several occasions.””The history of India has been distorted by the communists ever since Independence. Communist historians have nothing to with the Indian culture and legends. They have always tried to transform ‘Bharat’ into India’,” he added.Pandey’s sentiments were echoed by other panellists, who supported the ongoing countrywide protests against the movie.”It’s very important that our students do not misinterpret the historical relevance of Rani Padmini on the basis of the wrong facts promoted by the communists,” said IGNOU professor Kapil Kumar, adding why the so-called communists and “feminists” didn’t speak up when women were being sold by IS’s chief Baghdadi. Bhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in controversy ever since the film’s shoot started. The film, scheduled to release on December 1, has now been postponed by the filmmakers.IN LIMBOBhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in controversy ever since the film’s shoot started. The film, scheduled to release on December 1, has now been postponed by the filmmakers.
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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.

SC strongly admonishes politicians for speaking about Padmavati, says it will prejudice CBFC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked people holding public office to desist from reacting on the Deepika Padukone-starrer Bollywood flick ‘Padmavati’, saying such statements violated the rule of law and could prejudice the censor board’s decision.Politicians of all hues, including some chief ministers, have recently made public statements, mostly against the film based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.”When a matter is pending for consideration before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), how can persons in public authority comment on whether the CBFC should issue certificate or not? It will prejudice the decision of CBFC,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Supreme Court to hear plea against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s filmThe bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, termed as “misconceived” and dismissed a fresh petition seeking an order to restrain Viacom 18, the maker of the film and others, from releasing it abroad.It said when the courts were not making any observation keeping in mind that the CBFC has to perform its statutory duty, persons holding high offices should desist from making statements.
ALSO READ Padmavati row | CBI should probe if Bhansali had anything to do with dead body at Nahagarh Fort: Karni SenaThe bench asked the CBFC to take the decision on the certification of the movie with “utmost objectivity”.In his plea, lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu warns against violence, bountiesThe bench expressed “shock” at certain objectionable contents of the petition and termed them “unwarranted” and “scurrilous” and ordered their deletion.The court said it was not imposing costs on the lawyer for filing such a petition as he was a practising lawyer of the apex court.It took serious note of the statements made by politicians, holding high public offices, on the movie which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, saying these tantamounted to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the CBFC.”This is not done,” the bench said, adding, “One thing which we must say is that when the matter is pending and going to be dealt with by the CBFC, no one, who is holding public office, should be saying something which would tantamount to pre-judging and may prejudice the mind of CBFC.” “It should be borne in mind that we all are governed by the Rule of Law,” it said, adding that when persons holding responsible positions say certain things on the content of the movie, it violated the rule of law.The bench asked Additional Solicitors General Maninder Singh and P S Narasimha to convey their views that such statements should not be made as they violated the principle of Rule of Law.At the outset, senior advocates Harish Salve and Shyam Divan, appearing for the producers, informed the court that there was no intention to release the movie abroad on December 1, as alleged.The petition had alleged that grave damage will be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India.Earlier too, the apex court had dismissed his plea seeking deletion of certain alleged objectionable scenes from movie.Viacom 18, the makers of the film, had said they have deferred the movie’s release which was originally slated for December 1.The set of the movie was vandalised twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur — and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena earlier this year.

Gujarat elections 2017 | Congress banking on casteism: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national president Amit Shah pulled no punches as he confidently predicted a resounding victory for the saffron party in the Prime Minister’s home state — Gujarat.In a free-wheeling interview to Zee Hindustan, Shah said, “If you look at poll campaigns of both parties in Gujarat, you will see that the Congress has been fighting on the plank of casteism while we have been fighting on the plank of development. And we have seen that time and again the people of Gujarat have rejected casteism in favour of development.”Shah who confidently predicted a resounding victory for the BJP with 163 out of the 182 seats going to the party, stated that the party was ready to answer any issue that the Congress would raise against it. Dismissing Rahul Gandhi’s charges that GST and demonetization had been heavy for the common man, Shah contended that it had cleansed the system. He also replied to the Grand Old Party’s accusations of “corruption” and “favouritism” on the Rafale deal stating, “It is a government to government deal. Let the Winter Session of Parliament come, we are ready to answer to all charges levelled against us.” Asked as to why was the government delaying the announcement of dates for the Winter Session of Parliament, Shah said, “Do remember in the time of the UPA, the sessions of Parliament were delayed as well. It is easy to point fingers at us. We will announce it soon.”Asked about the ongoing ‘Padmavati’ controversy, Shah said. “Please note that it is not just in Gujarat there is a ban on ‘Padmavati’ in many states. History is a sensitive subject and should not be tampered with.”Asked about the issue of love jihad and the recent ongoing case in Kerala. “There has been a recent instance of ISIS operative becoming active in Kerala and using methods such as love jihad. While we endorse the right for anyone to marry, we cannot dismiss such concerns and the government needs to take it seriously.”

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)”

I am like Abhimanyu, will be victorious even in death: Kumar Vishwas on AAP’s 5th Foundation Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, who shared an uneasy relationship with the party leadership, today asserted he would not quit the outfit and that the party strayed from the path it had chosen to tread five years ago.Addressing party volunteers on the occasion of 5th Foundation Day of the AAP, Vishwas took on his detractors within the party and said he was like Abhimanyu, the warrior son of Arjun who lost his life while fighting in the epic ‘Mahabharata’.”I was told that I will be insulted and compelled to quit. I would like to say that I am not going anywhere. I am like the Abhimanyu who will be victorious even in his death,” Vishwas said.
ALSO READ When you see condom ad while sitting with your family: Twitter reacts to ‘awkward’ Kejriwal-Khattar pictureVishwas also emphasised the need for dialogue within the AAP and said the people who built the party believed in disagreeing over issues. Running away from questions amounts to being timid, he said. The comment was seen as a jibe to a section of party leaders.He said the easiest way to crush a movement is to give it a face, a comment also seen as a jibe to his detractors within the party.
ALSO READ Vishwas vs Kejriwal-Sisodia: AAP now a completely divided house “This is why it is paramount to keep the country first, followed by the party and then the leader,” he said.He retorted to the tag of being a “part-time politician” labelled by a section of party leaders and said he preferred being a “full-time Indian and part-time politician’, and added it was essential to look after one’s own livelihood to ensure a spotless political life.
ALSO READ Kumar Vishwas clicks on ‘Right side’ of Padmavati issue “Don’t you think, we have strayed away from the road we took five years ago. We have to walk on the right path from where we started. We have lost some good volunteers due to arrogance and insecurities and we need to bring them back,” Vishwas said.The poet-politician and founder member of the AAP has had an uneasy relationship with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.Vishwas is unhappy with the leadership for several reasons and has been attacking a “coterie” surrounding Kejriwal. But a major reason has been revoking the suspension of AAP MLA Amantullah last month, who had accused Vishwas of being a “BJP-RSS agent”.

Comparison with monkeys was meant for Nizam of Hyderabad: Paresh Rawal in apology to Rajputs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, after being castigated for comments he allegedly made about Rajputs, Paresh Rawal apologised. He claimed his ‘monkey’ comment was aimed at the Nizam of Hyderabad and not Rajputs. The Karni Sena, in the news over the protests against Padmavati, had warned Paresh Rawal over his statement.He said: “I apologise unconditionally to all the members of Rajput community. I don’t know why I spoke those words. I never intended to hurt sentiments of any community: Paresh Rawal on his earlier statement allegedly comparing royals and music with monkeys.”He had apologised earlier as well, claiming that the message wasn’t for the Rajput community but aimed at ‘Nizam of Hyderabad’.
ALSO READ Chai-meme row: Congress says PM Modi is a ‘serial abuser’, BJP says PM ‘most abused since Independence’‘My statement was not on the Rajput community. They are a splendour community in India and they make us proud. Nothing wrong will come out of my mouth against such a brave community,’ Rawal told the media. ‘If anyone was hurt by the statement I would like to apologise for it,’ he added.The actor-turned-politician, while remembering Sardar Patel at a recent rally in Rajkot, had compared the royals (raja) and music (vaja) to monkeys (vandra), which did not go down well
ALSO READ Watch Zee Exclusive | Paresh Rawal stands by tweet on Arundhati Roy, says no stone pelter will hit herRawal was in the eye of the storm a few days ago, when he wrote and deleted a tweet regarding the ‘Yuva Desh’s derogatory meme. However, he later issued an apology for ‘hurting feelings’.In the tweet that is now deleted, he had written, ‘Our Chai-Wala is any day better than tour Bar-Wala !’The 67-year-old actor-turned-politician was responding to the ‘Indian Youth Congress’ online magazine ‘Yuva Desh,’ where they tweeted a picture of Prime Minister Modi in conversation with U.S President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. However, later he issued an apology and wrote, ‘Deleted the tweet as it’s in bad taste n I apologise for hurting feelings.’With inputs from ANI and PTI

We will see who cuts whose nose: TMC hits back at BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu over his comment against Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>We will see who cuts whose nose: TMC leader hits back at Suraj Pal Amu’s comment against MamataAfter Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the makers of controversial film Padmavati were welcome in West Bengal if they wanted to put up a premiere or even screening the film, Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu on Friday threatened Mamata saying that she would meet the same fate of Surpanakha, sister of Ravana in Ramayana. “Mamata Banerjee wants Padmavati to be released in West Bengal. Women with demonic nature should realise what happened to Surpanakha. He was taught a lesson by Lakshman,” he said.Senior TMC leaders in Bengal, naturally reacted to the comment.
ALSO READ Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s film“He should ask for forgiveness. If he doesn’t, he must realise that people of Bengal is watching everything and will give a fitting reply,” Partha Chatterjee, TMC national secretary general said on the sidelines of a public meeting at Canning in South 24 Parganas.State minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya at a rally in Kolkata said, “People are watching these provocative statements. We will see who cuts whose nose. Mamata had been elected twice convincingly in Bengal.”
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali is welcome to premiere his film in Bengal, says Mamata BanerjeeBirbhum TMC president Anubrata Mondal said that it was easier said in Haryana. “It will not be possible to say such things in Bengal,” he said at a meeting.

Padmavati: It’s murder, my brother can’t commit suicide, says brother of Nahargarh Fort victim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the mysterious death of a man with threat notes engraved at the Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday, brother of the deceased believes the victim was murdered and demanded a probe into the matter.Ram Ratan Saini, brother of the man who was found hanging at the Jaipur fort with death notes engraved in protest of Bollywood movie ‘Padmavati’, also said the death has nothing to do with the note written in the rocks. “My brother cannot commit suicide, it appears to be a murder. Will demand for an investigation into the death. He has nothing to do with it (threat note written on rocks #Padmavati ),” said Ram Ratan Saini, brother of the deceased. Chetan, a resident of Jaipur’s Shastri Nagar, was found hanging on the ramparts of the fort with threat messages. One message read ‘Padmavati ka Virodh’ and other one said ‘we don’t burn effigies, we hang people’. Another message saying ‘Chetan Tantrik mara gaya’ was also written near the body. Each messages were linked to the most controversial Padmavati row.The incident came to light when morning walkers saw the body hanging some 500 feet above the ground and informed the police. It was presumed that the man had committed suicide, but on checking the spot and seeing the messages the police are suspecting some foul play.Police are investigating whether it’s a suicide or a murder.Fringe groups like Rajput Karni Sena (RKS), who have been demanding nationwide ban on Padmavati’s release, have denied any involvement in the matter. They have earlier threatened violent protests, to cut off actor Deepika Padukone’s nose and burned effigies of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opus magnum has been in the centre of storm over it’s release as protestors claim the movie has ‘distorted’ historical facts.The film tells the story of Rajput queen Rani Padmini who burned herself to avoid being captured by the Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji. Amid rumours of the romantic dream sequence between the legendary Rajput queen and Khilji, several political leaders and outfits have protested against the film’s release. Some states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat has already banned the screening of the film in the state.Other states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have urged the filmmakers to make the necessary changes in the film to avoid any historical facts being distorted and not show any objectionable content.The film was slated for release on December 1. But, it was confirmed that 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.

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

Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a plea against the film “Padmavati”, observing that such petitions were encouraging those agitating against the movie.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar termed as “hopeless” and “misconceived” a petition seeking that a committee be set up prior to the release of the movie to check whether there was any distortion of history.”Have you (counsel for the petitioner) seen the film.Have the people, who are burning cinema halls seen the film? By this kind of petitions, you are encouraging the people who are agitating,” the bench observed.It further directed the petitioner, Akhand Rashtrawadi Party, which claims to be a political party, to approach the Censor Board as the court was not inclined to entertain it.The plea has said that the committee was necessary as there was alleged distortion of historical facts in the film starring Deepika Padukone.

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.

Karni Sena threatens to burn theatres in UK after Britain Censor Board clears ‘Padmavati’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on Thursday cleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali flick Padmavati, Karni Sena has threatened to burn theatres in the UK.BBFC cleared the movie ‘Padmavati’ without any cuts for release in the UK. “Padmavati’ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail,” stated the official website of the British censor board. “All known versions of this work passed uncut,” it said.However, Sukhdev Singh, a leader of Karni Sena has threatened to burn every UK theatre screening Padmavati.“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,” he told a news channel.Singh said that that will go to the international court to get the movie banned.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.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.

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.

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.

Padmavati row | If those threatening actors are guilty, then Sanjay Leela Bhansali is also guilty: Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday lashed out at ‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, saying he is no less guilty than those issuing threats to actors.The Chief Minister also said that Bhansali was ‘habitual of playing with public sentiments’.Stating that no one has the right to take the law into own hands whether it is Sanjay Leela Bhansali or anyone else, the chief minister said, “I feel that if those threatening (the actors of the film) are guilty, Bhansali is no less guilty.”On Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had said that the state won’t let Padmavati film release in Uttar Pradesh unless and until objectionable scenes are removed.Several politicians have also demanded a ban on the movie. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh also joined the chorus against ‘distortion of history’.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that ‘Padmavati’ will not be released in the state unless necessary changes as suggested to the Centre are made in the film.In Chandigarh, the Haryana BJP sought an explanation from its chief media coordinator Suraj Pal Amu over remarks offering a Rs 10 crore bounty to anyone beheading Bhansali and Padukone.While the BJP distanced itself from the comments, Amu said he had made the remarks in his personal capacity and that he would resign if his party asked him to but would not tolerate any “insult” to his community.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.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.(With agency inputs)

Padmavati row: Madhya Pradesh bans film; Punjab CM says won’t accept distortion of history

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the violence over Padmavati row, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday banned the screening of the controversial Bollywood film.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has been marred in a controversy that the film has ‘distorted’ history of Rajput queen Padmini. Before Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan distributors had also refused to pick up the film. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh also said that nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had urged the filmmakers to remove “objectionable parts” in the film and not hurt the sentiments of Rajputs. 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 magnum opus 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 | Don’t release film without making changes, think of consequences, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje writes to Smriti Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulent period drama ‘Padmavti’, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has written to Union Minister Smriti Irani to put the film’s release on hold.In a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Minister, the Rajasthan CM is said to have said that “Padmavati (should) not be released until some changes are made to it so that it ‘does not hurt the sentiments of any community’,” news agency ANI said on Saturday.Raje also suggested that a committee should be formed “to to discuss the film and its plot and then suggest amendments to avoid ‘hurting sentiments’.”Warning about the fallout, Raje wrote, “the Censor Board must think of consequences before certifying Padmavati.”The letter comes on a day when the Central Board of Film Certification Chief Prasoon Joshi slammed Bhansali for holding private screening of the movie without getting mandatory certification. He accused Bhansali of subverting the issue.“It’s myopic to treat certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand,holding CBFC responsible and pressurizing to accelerate process and on other hand,attempt to subvert the very process,sets an opportunistic precedent,” Joshi was quoted as saying to ANI.On Friday, the CBFC had returned the film to its makers as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.Raje becomes second Chief Minister to request ban on Padmavati. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had had urged I&B Ministry to defer the release of the movie due to ‘public anger’ over the makers ‘distorting historical facts’ only because it could affect law and order on the release date.

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: 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.

What will Scindia say: Amid row over ‘Padmavati’, Smriti Irani takes jibe at Tharoor for ‘Maharaja’ comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Smriti Irani on Friday took a jibe at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his reported ‘maharaja’ comments amidst a row over period drama ‘Padmavati’Tharoor had reportedly said the “so called valourous maharajas” had scurried to accommodate themselves when the British “trampled” over their honour and were now after a filmmaker, claiming that prestige was at stake.Reacting to Tharoor’s remarks, Irani tweeted, “Did all the Maharajs (kings) kneel in front of the British? What will Jyotiraditya Scindia, Diggi Raja (Digvijaya Singh) and Amarinder Singh say on Shashi Tharoor’s comments?”Congress leaders –Scindia, Digvijay Singh, and Amarinder Singh–hail from royal families.However, Tharoor had taken to Twitter to say, “I’m dismayed that some BJP supporters are claiming I attacked Rajput honour…I spoke about the Maharajahs who made their accommodations w/the (with the) British. I have never made a communal comment in my life.”As for specific concerns of the Rajput community, he said people’s sentiments must be respected in the interest of India’s diversity and harmony.”Rajput valour is part of our history and is not in question. BJP and its censors should take these concerns into account,” Tharoor said.Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Padmavati’ is witnessing protests with some groups alleging that it allegedly tampered with historical facts.

What do Scindia, Digvijaya and Amarinder think? Smriti Irani targets Shashi Tharoor for saying so-called ‘rajas kneeled before British rules’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister Smriti Irani, on Friday took a jibe at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his comments on kings amidst the row over film ‘Padmavati’. She targeted Tharoor for his observation about ongoing protest by the descendents of Rajput rulers over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Padmavati’.Tharoor had reportedly said that the so-called ‘maharajas’, (kings) who have been after a filmmaker (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) by claiming that their honour is at stake, actually ran away when the British crushed their self-respect and honour.Commenting on Tharoor’s observation, Irani tweeted: ‘Did all the Maharajs (kings) kneel in front of the British’ What will Jyotiraditya Scindia, Diggi Raja (Digvijaya Singh) and Amarinder Singh say on Shashi Tharoor’s comments?’The Congress party leaders, Scindia, Digvijay Singh and Amarinder Singh hail from the royal families.However, when the issue snowballed, Tharoor took to Twitter to clarify his comments. ‘I am dismayed that some BJP supporters are claiming I attacked Rajput honour’.I spoke about the Maharajahs who made their accommodations w/the (with the) British. I have never made a communal comment in my life.’He further added that Rajput valour is not questionable.‘As for specific concerns of the Rajput community, people’s sentiments must be respected in the interests of India’s diversity & harmony. Rajput valour is part of our history & is not in question. BJP &its censors should take these concerns into account,’ Tharoor tweeted.Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Padmavati’ is in the eye of the storm over the portrayal of Rajput queen Padmavati. The period drama, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts

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.

Reel row in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan is embroiled in a major controversy surrounding the film Padmavati. Each days sees new players joining the protest. The film is being opposed from streets to courtrooms. But stop pause; is this the first time that a film has been opposed in Rajasthan? Is this the first time that emotions are running high ? Definitely not. In the last decade or so, there has been more than one film that has invoked ire among the populace.Most prominent has been Jodha Akbar, Gulal and Zubeida. And incidentally, all were based on the historical and contemporary backdrop of Rajasthan, just like Padmavati. Jodha Akbar never saw the screens of Rajasthan. Tension had escalated over Gulal but the absence of big stars and a lacklusture performance on the box office served to blow over controversies.Objection to Zubeida did not escalate to a full blown protest. But the main reasons for Zubeida and Gulal managing to scrape through and get released was that the characters were declared to be fictitious; even as everyone could recognize who they were based on. Padmavati is facing vehement protest as it, just like Jodha Akbar, openly claims to be based on the life of historical characters.CONTROVERSY BUT NOT RELATED TO RAJASTHANControversy has also been related to several other movies that were shot in Rajasthan; but the controversy was not related to the films per se. Hum Saath Saath Hain, the Sooraj Badjatya multistarrer may have been a disaster at the box office; but the stars including Salman Khan have to still appear in court for the deer and blackbuck hunting cases. Amir Khan film shot in Mandawa of Jhunjhunu was in the throes of violent opposition as it questioned the very existence of God.HOLLY OR BOLLY RAJ IS FAV SHOOT SPOTJames Bond’s Octopussy was shot in Udaipur, Kate Winslet’s Holy Smoke was shot in Pushkar and the 2012 British comedy-drama film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was shot in Kishangarh and around Jaipur.NOT A MOOT POINTWhile Amir’s Mandawa shot film ran into hot waters; Salman’s outing at the same place went on to break records. The film in question is Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Even the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Paheli made on the famous Vijay Dan Detha’s story where a ghost establishes relations with the bahu of a rich family. Seeped in Rajasthani ethos, the film had every element that could rake up a massive outburst, but surprisingly, the Oscar finalist faced no furor back home. Salman starrer Veer, JP Dutta’s multistarrer Border and the earlier Ghulami – that was on caste conflict – were widely appreciated.FILMS GALORESuper hits like Reshma aur Shera, Ghulam, Dharam kanta, Mera ganon mera desh, Lamhe, Rajput, Shuddh Desi Romance Aaj ka Arjun and Bol Bachchan have been shot in Rajasthan. The scenic locales abnd the architectural beauty have been showcased to the hilt. Rajasthan continues to be the hot favourite as Kangana Ranaut’s epic Manikarna is also being shot in Rajasthan as is Sanjay Dutt-starrer Saheb Biwi and Gangster 3.

People from Dubai want to show Muslim kings as hero: Subramanian Swamy on Padmavati row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday hinted an international conspiracy behind Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ row.Joining the ongoing controversy over the film Swamy asserted that it should be enquired if there is international conspiracy behind it.Speaking to ANI, Swamy said, “Many big budget movies are made these days, we should see if there is conspiracy in it. People from Dubai want Muslim kings to be portrayed as hero; they want to show as if Hindu women wanted relationships (with them).”This is a controversy, and showing (Queen) Padmini in poor light was its part. They tried the same with Jodha Bai. Many such films have come in the last 10 years. Under UPA regime, such things got a push,” added Swamy.Earlier on Friday, Supreme Court rejected the petition filed against the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet issued a certificate to the movie.
ALSO READ Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be tried for treason: CBFC’s Arjun Gupta writes to Rajnath SinghThe 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.The Karni Sena, which demolished the sets of the movie in Jaipur and thrashed Bhansali, had warned the director of dire consequences on showing distorted historical facts.

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.

Stop release of An Insignificant Man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the BJP approached the Election Commission against release of the movie Padmavati, a lawyer has written to the EC demanding similar measures against ‘An Insignificant Man’, a movie which depicts the rise of anti-corruption protests in the country, and the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party.In a letter to the EC, advocate Bhavik Samani wrote that An Insignificant Man, which is slated to release on November 17, features many leaders of AAP, their views, as well as the party’s win in Delhi. The movie not only violates the Model Code of Conduct, but also various sections of the Representation of People Act, and rules for conduct of elections, he said.While noting that even the title of the film is suggestive, Samani stated that it is more than clear that the film is nothing but election propaganda material of the AAP. The release of the movie will give an undue advantage to the party in the state elections, he said.”I implore you to stop the release and exhibition of any such film, and to bring down its trailer from the internet till completion of polling for free and fair conduct of elections,” he demanded.On Wednesday, the BJP wrote to the CEC demanding that release of the Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati be put on hold ahead of the state elections. The party said that the movie distorted history, and presented Rani Padmavati in poor light.BJP vice-president IK Jadeja said they had received representations from Kshatriya community in 17-18 districts of the state expressing concern over distortion of history in the movie. “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,” IK Jadeja, had said.SHOOTING TROUBLEOn Wednesday, the BJP wrote to the CEC demanding that release of the Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati be put on hold ahead of the state elections.

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.

No special treatment given to HRD minister’s PS: Railways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The railways on Monday downplayed reports which claimed that an extra coach was attached to a train for Union Minister Prakash Javadekar’s private secretary on October 21, saying he was one of the many passengers accommodated in the additional coach due to the huge rush.Officials said Vinay Srivastava, the Human Resource Development Minister’s private secretary who was travelling with his wife and two children, had requested for seats on Padmavati Express between Lucknow and Delhi railway station, but denied that the extra coach was attached to accommodate his request. Srivastava is a 1992-batch Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers official. “During this holiday season as many as 68 extra coaches have been attached to different trains. In fact nine extra coaches have been attached from Lucknow on October 21 and October 22 alone.”This is a routine exercise to accommodate the additional rush. This time it just so happened that one of the passengers was a PS to a Union minister,” said Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma. Sharma also said that even a public announcement for the coach was done and it was almost full by the time it reached Delhi. Many passengers were able to travel that day because of the additional coach, he said. However, the official said the matter will be probed in light of media reports which claimed that the move had inconvenienced some passengers.

Rajasthan declares 1st Udyog Ratna awardees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first ever Rajasthan Udyog Ratna awards were delcared on Friday in the state by industries minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat.Talking about the award, Shekhawat said award for the best woman entrpreneur will be given to Namrata Jain of Padmavati industries Bagru.These awards were announced for the first time in the state. Udyog Ratna awards, which is already present in several states, recognises the contribution of industrialists and felcitates them. The awards in Rajasthan will be given in an event to be held in Jaipur later this month.The awardees will be given Rs one lakh each along with a certificate and a shawl.Shekhawat on this ocassion also pointed out that these awards will lead to a healthy competition amongs industries and encourage them to work better.

Three jewellers duped of Rs 3.72 lakhs; woman arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old woman who duped atleast three city-based jewellers to the tune of Rs 3.72 lakhs during last one month has been arrested, police said today. API NR Desle of Bazarpeth police station in Kalyan said that accused Mitali Kulkarni cheated Padmavati Jewellers, Mutha and Sons, and Prem Jewellers on three separate occasions after posing as an advocate from the Bombay High Court. She made purchases from these jewellers through cheques, all of which bounced later following which a police complaint was registered. Kulkarni was arrested on Saturday under sections 420 and 406 of the IPC, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘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.)

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.

admavati won’t be released till shown to Rajput leaders: Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Rajasthan minister today said Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati will not get a release in the state till it is shown to the Rajput community leaders who have objected to the movie. Addressing a protest organised by Savarna Adhikar Aarakshan Manch near the assembly building here, Energy Minister Pushpendra Singh assured a section of the Rajput community that the film will not be released in the state. “We will not allow the release of the film in Rajasthan till it is screened to our community members,” the minister told the gathering. A complete ban on the upcoming film in Rajasthan, quota for economically backward upper castes, including Rajputs, Brahman and others, formation of a board for upper castes, a CBI probe into the murder of a Rajput community member — Chatur Singh Sodha in Jaisalmer — were the demands of the protesters who were led by national president of Shree Rastriya Rajput Karni Sena Sukhdev Singh. Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena is an offshoot of Karni Sena which had hit headlines sometime back for staging protest against Bhansali’s film alleging distortion of historical facts by the filmmaker.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KCR on thanksgiving trip to Tirupati for Telangana creation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today reached temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on a two-day visit for fulfilling vows he had made for realisation of separate Telangana. He would offer ornaments, worth more than Rs 5 crore, to Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala hills and Goddess Padamavati at Tiruchanoor near Tirupati, official sources said here. Rao and several state Ministers left for Tirupati this evening by a special flight. The CM was welcomed by Andhra Pradesh Forests Minister B Gopalakrishna Reddy, MLAs and others from the neighbouring state, the sources said. Rao would halt for the night at Tirumala hills and have darshan of Lord Venkateswara on Wednesday morning, according to his office. He would offer golden ‘Saligrama’ necklace and a ‘Kante’ with five rows to the lord on behalf of Telangana Government, it had said. After darshan at Tirumala, Rao would go to Tiruchanoor and offer prayers to the presiding deity of Padmavati Ammavaru. He would present a nose stud to the Goddess. The offerings to be made by Rao are worth more than Rs 5 crore, the sources said. Rao had made vows for realisation of separate Telangana in the name of deities of different famous temples during the statehood agitation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Exposè on Mayawati’s brother; Trump bars refugees; John Wright on MS Dhoni; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. DNA Investigation: Rs 1,200 crore ‘ghost’ trail leads to Mayawati’s brotherDNA investigates the elaborate empire of smoke and mirrors set up by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar, who is believed to have created scores of companies to funnel illegal wealth accumulated. Read more here2. What evidence does CBI, Sebi have to allege fraud, Mallya asksBeleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Saturday responded to the allegations of fund diversions from United Spirits Limited (USL), questioning the evidence the Central Bureau of Investigation or Securities and Exchange Board of India had, to level charges against him. Read more here3. Trump signs order to bar refugees from 7 Muslim-majority countries; signals prioritising Syrian ChristiansPresident Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that will limit immigration and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries and he separately said he wanted the United States to give priority to Syrian Christians fleeing the civil war there. Read more here4. Dhoni has freedom to express himself, it’ll be good for team: John WrightIn a free-wheeling conversation, former India coach and current talent hunter with Mumbai Indians, 62-year-old New Zealander John Wright says that current India captain Virat Kohli has big shoes to fill. Read more here5. Bhansali roughed up, Padmavati set vandalised; Bollywood strongly condemns attackBollywood 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. Read more here

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