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It’s not for the first time that shooting of the movie has created controversy in the city. In past also either the historical monuments of the city or public sentiments there has been a damaged or hurt, as a repercussion the film units had to face the ire of the local people.On Thursday, a unit of film Dhadak starring Jhanvi Kapoor had to face the opposition of local people after a chajja was damaged in the 5000-year-old Ambikeshwar Mahadev mandir in Amber and people getting to know cooking of meat near the temple. Locals informed that the unit was not seen in the vicinity of the temple of Friday, however, it was learned that shooting was going on in other parts of Jaipur.Ad filmmakers in the month of April this year had to abort shooting after a group of activists and locals protested against the use of signage and hoardings with names of Pakistani cities, some of them written in the Urdu language.The crew had the permission to shoot in the city. But activists of ‘Dharohar Bachao Samiti’ pulled down the banners and signage with Welcome to Lahore, Karachi Sweets, Rawalpindi Chaiwala and other street fixtures fashioned to depict a Pakistani city in Jaipur, claiming the said unit didn’t spare temples inside Walled City to recreate Lahore.One cannot forget, when earlier this year, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati was vandalised, when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort in January this year.While no one can forget when in 2009, Over a dozen people were injured when a 15-feet-long retaining wall in the Amber fort collapsed when people had come to watch the shooting of Veer, a Salman Khan-starrer period love story and days later shooting was stopped on orders of the court.Controversial pastIt’s not for the first time that shooting of the movie has created controversy in the city. One cannot forget, when earlier this year, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly roughed up and the set of his under-production film Padmavati was vandalised, when the shooting was in progress at the Jaigarh Fort in January this year.In 2009, Over a dozen people were injured when a 15-feet-long retaining wall in the Amber fort collapsed when people had come to watch the shooting of Veer, and days later shooting was stopped on orders of the court.

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Padmavati row | Parliamentary panel grills Sanjay Leela Bhansali over ‘selective media screening’ of film

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

‘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: 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

India Padmavati: Body found near fort linked to film protest

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

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

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

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

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

Change film or face ‘ban’: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will not hit the screens in Rajasthan till the alleged ‘distorted’ facts are removed from the narrative, chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Monday night. A statement released by the chief minister office (CMO) quotes that home minister Kataria apprised to Raje that film distributors in Rajasthan have willingly ‘shelved’ process to take the movies’ rights.Amid growing protests over ‘Padmavati’ movie, the home minister Gulab Chand Kataria convened a high-level meeting with senior officials of the department, including DGP Ajit Singh, home secretary Deepak Upreti to take a ‘decision’ on the movie.Though no decision on banning the film was taken in the meeting, however the officials seriously mulled the provisions mentioned under various laws which could prohibit its screening before the release nod was given by Censor board.“We discussed in the meeting under which laws we can ‘act’ over the movie. We will not take a decision in haste and another meeting will be held on Tuesday,” the minister said.The BJP government swung into action after its neighboring state Madhya Pradesh officially decided to ban its release.Sources in the home department said Raje government has started preparations to ban Padmavati in Rajasthan. “This was an official meeting to discuss the matter officially. In Tuesday’s meeting, the final call will be taken noting various provisions. The officials were told to work on it,” said a source in the department.Attempt to hurt sentiments: SwamyRajya Sabha MP Subraimaniam Swamy said, “Few people fund movies depicting distorted history with intention to hurt sentiments of Hindus, the movie PK was also such an attempt. The movie will also tend to showcase that the invader Khilji was not as atrocious as history claims. He said that through distorted history these people tend to damage understanding of local people about their history.

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: 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.

Bhansali has gone overboard with artistic licence: Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As protests against Padmavati movie are spreading across the nation, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur has also jumped into the fray.Calling that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has gone “completely overboard” with artistic licence, Shriji said: “In February I had very clearly made my thoughts known in an interview in Mumbai that the film had not attained this kind of notoriety.”However, he called the manhandling Bhansali unfortunate and said: “We cannot condone such acts because they are not right and I said it then also.” “As far as the movie was concerned, as long as the Bollywood producers don’t distort the history of our family it should be alright. I said that I had similar the experience of when the serial Maharana Pratap was filmed. The living conditions in Mewar that whether during Maharana Pratap or Rawal Ratan Simnghji’s times were not depicted faithfully,” said Shriji.He said that Bhansali claims that he has shown great respect to Rajput pride and sensibilities.“I cannot comment without seeing the picture. However, the opulence shown in the trailer shows that the filmmaker is oblivious to the actual conditions that prevailed. Mewar was never a rich state and due to frequent attacks had to maintain a huge army. All the state money went into upkeep of the army, and not into providing Maharanis with huge palaces or wealth,” Shriji said.On the issue of Jauhar shown in the film, Shrijji said: “My feeling is that an issue like Jauhar was far too sensitive to be displayed on a cine screen without total understanding of what a Jauhar is. It’s not a game, it’s not a joke. This movie is a very ‘nindaniya’ (condemnable ) reflection of ‘naari asmita’ (female pride) of Chittor,” he further said.‘Janta Curfew’ on December 1In protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmavati, the Dharohar Bachao Samiti has announced “Janta Curfew” in Jaipur on December 1. The convener of the committee, Bharat Sharma, told that on December 1, the city of Jaipur will be completely closed. Only medical services will be kept out of the lock. Apart from this, Government-Private Offices, shops, school-college, bus and all other services will be closed. Many Hindu and Social organizations have supported the Band. It will be full successful off.

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.

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.

Watch: We will form high-powered committee to see Padmavati, says Raj HM Kataria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government will form a high powered committee to see the film Padmavati. If the film contains scenes that hurt public sentiment then it will tell Bhansali to remove those scenes before release.This was stated by home minister Gulab Chand Kataria at a public function in Jhunjhunu on Thursday. “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. The home minister however, clearly said that there would not be a ban on the film in the state. The home minister was in Jhunjhunu for a programme to honour widows of martyrs.Part 1Part 2The sentiment seems to be quite similar among other ministers of the Rajasthan government Panchayat Raj and Rural Development minister Rajendra Rathore said in Jaipur, “No film can be allowed to hurt public sentiments.” “Tampering with history in the name of entertainment will not be permitted at any cost.” said Rathore . Minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani tol DNA, “Padmini represents the pride of Rajasthan. No film, novel or television serial will be allowed to hurt public sentiment and tamper with history.” Controversy related to the film is escalating with passing day. Meanwhile Bajrang Dal has planned a protest against the film in Jaipur on Friday.

VHP to organise statewide stir in Uttar Pradesh to ban Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday announced that it would not allow the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali’s Padmavati in Uttar Pradesh. Senior VHP leader Rakesh Varma alleged that the film glorified foreign invaders such as Alauddin Khilji and casts aspersions on Rajasthan’s royalty The VHP had burnt film’s posters in Gonda district on Friday and plans to launch a statewide stir against the film.The film is based on Rajasthan’s queen Rani Padmavati who burnt herself alive when barbaric ruler Alauddin Khilji forcibly attempted to make her his wife.“The film is an insult to Rani Padmavati. The film maker has made an attempt to distort the history. The VHP will not allow this to happen. We will not let the movie to be shown in any theatre in Uttra Pradesh,” warned the BJP leader.The film has been in controversy since beginning. During its shooting in Jaipur, unruly members of Karni Sena had disrupted the shooting. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was even assaulted by the mob. Later, the film unit had to pack up from Jaipur and shot the movie in Mumbai.The film is slated to release on December 1.

‘Padmavati’ film set attacked, in Kolhapur, shooting deferred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kolhapur Police have registered a case of arson and rioting against more than 20 unknown persons for allegedly vandalising the set of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati movie in the wee hours of Wednesday. Half of the expensive costumes were reduced to ashes in the fire. Police sources said that the shooting will start again after a week and then the police would provide a round-the-clock security to the crew.Speaking to DNA, Inspector General of Police, Vishwas Nangre-Patil, said the incident took place at an open ground of Masai plateau in Kolkhapur in the wee hours on Wednesday after the shooting of Padmavati was wrapped up for the day. “Around 20-25 men came to the spot. Some of them had thrown two bottles containing petrol at a tent at the shooting site. The tent and two vehicles caught fire in the incident. The vandalism lasted 15 minutes after which the attackers fled the spot,” Nangre-Patil said.According to a police officer, a war scene was being created for Padmavati movie in the jungles of Masai. The shooting had been going for the past 10 days and was supposed to get over in the next four days.Bhansali, however, was staying far away from Masai at the time of vandalism, police said.“The shooting crew had asked for police bandobast at the spot for day time which we had been providing since day one. Twelve policemen and an inspector were deputed for day-time protection. Since the shooting had got wrapped up for the day, our police bandobast men left the place on Tuesday evening. The shooting crew, however, had their own security that had put up a fight with attackers to stop them from damaging the property,” the officer said.The officer said more than half of the costumes meant for shooting got burnt in the fire. “The crew will prepare the costumes and will return after eight days for shooting. Once they return, we would provide them round-the-clock security. Also we are probing if the attackers belonged to the same party that was involved in Jaipur attack. Panhala police are probing the case,” the officer said.“We have got some clues about the people involved in the case and they will be identified soon. We have registered a case of arson and riots in the matter,” said Nangre-Patil.In January this year, members of a group had protested against and misbehaved with the crew of Padmavati in Jaipur’s Jaigarh Fort.

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