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PM Modi continues to be most followed Indian on Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to be the most followed Indian on Twitter even as the growth in his follower base at 52% was lower than that of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, according to the microblogging site.As per a Twitter report capturing trends in 2017, Modi saw his follower base increasing by 52% to 37.5 million (as of December 4), from 24.6 million in 2016.However, Kohli saw his followers grow by 61% during the same period although on a smaller base.The cricketer is ending the year with 20.8 million followers, as against 12.9 million last year.Cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar also saw a growth of 56% in his follower base on Twitter this year.Also readTwitter users come to rescue of young boy stranded at Jaipur Railway station This is the first time ever, Kohli and Tendulkar made it to the list of top 10 most followed Indian accounts, Twitter said.The list was dominated by Bollywood actors with Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan.Also readWrong ‘Theresa May’ targeted by Trump on Twitter waits for apology call from White HouseShah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan saw their fan base on Twitter grow at 40% each. However, Shah Rukh — with 30.9 million followers — was ahead of Salman who had 28.5 million followers.The data showed that the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final clash between India and Pakistan was the most tweeted about ODI ever with 1.8 million tweets.India’s biggest tax reform, GST, also made it to the list of top trending hastags due to the magnitude of conversations it generated on the platform, Twitter said.Besides, the Supreme Court decision on the controversial Triple Talaq issue made ‘#TripleTalaq’ trend on Twitter on August 22, with more than 350,000 tweets.
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My dream is to slap Farooq Abdullah, says BJP’s Suraj Pal Amu who offered bounty for Deepika’s head

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

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

Padmavati: India’s Supreme Court rejects bid to block Bollywood epic

The controversial period epic has sparked protests across India by Hindu and caste groups.

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

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

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

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

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)

Politics peaks as states spar over movie

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

Karnataka stands with Deepika Padukone, Khattar should take action against those threatening her: Siddaramaiah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today asked his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to take “stringent action” against those threatening actress Deepika Padukone who is being targeted by fringe groups for her lead role in “Padmavati”.Coming out in support of the actress, the state government said security would be provided to the actress whenever she is in Bengaluru and her family, who hail from Karnataka, in the wake of threats issued to her by several outfits which allege the period film distorted history and hurt sentiments of their community.Deepika is the daughter of badminton icon Prakash Padukone, who lives in Bengaluru.Other crew members, including director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika’s co-star Ranveer Singh, are also facing threats by fringe outfits who claim the film wrongly portrayed the legendary 13th century queen of Chittor Padmavati who is revered by them.”Padmavati” stars Deepika Padukone in the titular role.Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji.Siddaramaiah’s reaction came following a reported threat by the Haryana BJP media cell in charge, Suraj Pal Amu announcing a bounty of Rs 10 crore on the actress.The reported threat came after a fringe group Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha (ABKM) announced a reward of Rs one crore for those “burning Padukone alive.” Retweeting Karnataka energy minister D K Shivakumar’s tweet, Siddaramaiah commented, “I condemn the culture of intolerance & hate perpetuated by @BJP4India. Karnataka stands with @deepikapadukone.””She is a globally renowned artist from our state. I call upon the CM of Haryana @mlkhattar to take strict action against those holding out threats against her,” he said.Shivakumar tweeted, “It is condemnable that a BJP office bearer is placing a bounty of Rs 10 crore on @deepikapadukone, who is from our state & the daughter of one of India’s most respected sportsman.””Is this BJP’s culture & the way they show respect towards women? Immediate action should be taken.” He said he will write to the chief minister to offer protection to Padukone.He demanded that the BJP apologise and make sure that intimidation doesn’t happen. The minister appealed to all Indians, especially women and artistes, to speak for upholding freedom granted by the Constitution.Karnataka Home minister Ramalinga Reddy told PTI the state will provide security to the actress and her family in the wake of the threats.”Whenever Deepika is here in Karnataka, we will ensure that she gets adequate security. We will also provide security cover to her family staying here,” Reddy said.The makers of ‘Padmavati’ have denied the charge that it distorts history and deferred its release from the slated December 1.They have said the film was a cinematic masterpiece capturing “Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory.”

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

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

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

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday booked a Meerut resident from the Kshatriya community who announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone Demanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Kshatriya Samaj has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone who played the character of Padmavati in the movie.“A case has been filed against Som under section 115 (abetment of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC at the Nauchandi police station,” Meerut superintendent of police (city) Maan Singh Chauhan told Times of IndiaHe also said that efforts are being made to arrest the accused soon.Thakur Som, who is an active member of the Samajwadi Party, has warned the Bollywood actress to leave the country or face beheading. He had also threatened the Director Sanjay to withdraw release of the controversial film or be ready to face the consequences.“The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of the history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” stated Som. Meanwhile, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has also threatened that it will intensify its protest against ‘Padmavati’ if the film was not banned.The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role of Rani Padmavati, with Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January.The Supreme Court had recently refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of Padmavati, saying the Censor Board was yet to certify the movie.Bhansali, through a video statement, has sought to clear the air surrounding the film, saying he was careful in depicting the “Rajput honour and dignity” in the film.

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

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

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

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

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