Protesting right-wing groups say the film Padmavati “insults” an iconic Hindu queen.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In India there have been protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversy-ridden ‘Padmavati’, but the movie has been cleared for a scheduled release in the UK. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared the movie for release on December 1. The BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult.The British Censor Board has listed the film on its official website, stating, “‘Padmavati’ (12A) moderate violence, injury detail.”It also mentioned that “all known versions of this work passed uncut”.On the other hand in India, the producers of the controversy- ridden film Padmavati will take a call on its release only after the censor board’s go-ahead, a source said today.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. The film was earlier scheduled to release on December 1.But media reports have claimed that the film is now pushed for next year in India and the promotions have been put on hold. The source from the production house, however, revealed that no concrete decision has been reached yet.On Sunday, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind “Padmavati”, had announced that it was voluntarily deferring the release of the film, earlier scheduled on December 1, out of “respect and regard for the law of the land” and the Central Board of Film Certification.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.
<!– /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.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said the filmmakers who tried to glorify barbaric Mughal rulers would not be spared, in the wake of the controversy surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’.Speaking to ANI, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha said, ‘When a film is made with a hero (Alauddin Khilji) in that character, certain portions are sad and disappointing to watch. Because he is known to be the most uncouth ruler of the Delhi Sultanate till date. If any film tries to portray them in the positive light, it will certainly cause a huge discomfort to the emotions of the people. The filmmakers who present the barbaric rulers in a positive light will not be tolerated or spared.”‘This country has experienced 800 years of Mughal rule which can only be described as barbaric and bloodiest in human history. This is also recorded by international historians, but historians in India have actually become distortions. The real evidence of discretion on temples or destruction of temples is recorded even today,’ he said.Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of ‘Padmavati’, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was an independent body and the court should not intervene in their jurisdiction.The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.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.
<!– /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.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The parapets of the Chittorgarh Fort that have been witness to the life of queen Padmawati aka Padmini today saw the protest organised against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmawati.The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput community and was joined by the local unit of Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal along with local Muslim organisations. Rajput women too took part in the protest in Chittorgarh, the city whose history is depicted in the film Padmawati. Local trader bodies also supported the protest by Rajputs and businesses in the city were shut down for two hours.The protesters led by the founder patron of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, burnt the effigy of Bhansali and gave a memorandum to the Collector demanding that the film not be released. The women in traditional Rajput attires were raising slogans against Bhansali.“We demand a ban on the release of the film. We do not trust Bhansali and he has not honoured the agreement he made with us. Our agreement had 4 points;Screening of film at pre-sensor board stage to our panel of historians
No pre-release activity without taking us in confidence
No dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmawati
No commercial cashing in on the personal love life of Deepika and Ranveer Singh who play Khilji and Padmawati by distorting history and dignity of Padmawati. Bhansali has gone back on his word. We do not want any compromise. We demand a ban. Nothing less,” said Kalvi.Padmawati is based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh. Tales of her beauty mesmerised Allaudin Khilji and he expressed the desire to see her. Cutting the tale short what ensued was a battle, and when Padmawati got the news of the defeat and death of her husband, she along with thousands of women committed jauhar inside the Chittorgarh Fort. All Khilji found when he reached there were her ashes.The Rajputs are unhappy ever since they came across an interview of Ranveer Singh where he spoke about a dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmawati. Earlier this year, members of the organisation had manhandled Bhansali while he was shooting in Jaipur. They had reached an agreement with Bhansali productions about Padmawati not being projected contrary her dignity.Incidentally, Rajput Karni Sena is the same organisation that had opposed Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Jodha Akbar. The protests had turned so widespread that no cinema hall agreed to release the film and ultimately Jodha Akbar was not released in Rajasthan. Rajput Karni Sena wants to repeat the feat with Padmawati.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma, who is the party’s candidate for Mathura Assembly seat, and 10 nominees of different parties in this district have been booked for allegedly violating the model code of conduct. “Surprise raids were conducted at the election offices of different candidates in all the five assembly constituencies of the district yesterday. Eleven FIRs have been registered,” ADM Ravindra Kumar said today. Sharma was booked for allegedly using fake passes on his vehicle. BJP’s media wing here also allegedly used vehicles without prior permission of the district poll authorities, he said. While BSP candidate from Mat Assembly constituency Shyam Sundar Sharma was booked for distributing food among his supporters, Congress’ Jagdish Nauhar and RLD’s Yogesh Nauhar fighting for the same seat have been booked for similar offence,” Kumar said. “In Baldeo Assembly constituency, RLD candidate Niranjan Singh Dhangar was booked for running his election office in a hospital where food was also cooked,” he said. The ADM said SP candidate for Baldeo seat Ranveer Singh Dhangar was booked for cooking and distributing food at his party office in Farah town. BJP candidate Puran Prakash was booked for distributing food packets amongst his supporters at his election office in Baldeo while his supporter Bhupendra was booked for allegedly organising a dance party at a bar. Of the 30 FIRs registered against candidates for poll code violations earlier, he said, 18 have been charge-sheeted. Meanwhile, an FIR was registered against 11 persons at Raya police station yesterday for their alleged involvement in a clash after an election meeting of an RLD candidate. Mathura goes to polls on February 11, in the first of the seven phase Uttar Pradesh elections, which will end on March 8.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)