The Shri Rajput Karni Sena has called for a nationwide bandh on December 1 against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati.
The founder of the organisation Lokendra Singh Kalvi said, “We are calling for a country-wide bandh on December 1 if the film is released. We have the support of all castes and communities. We will hold public meetings and rallies in Gurgaon, Patna and Bhopal before that,” Kalvi told reporters. Kalvi said that the statement by actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the legendary queen in the movie, that nothing can stop the release of the film was “provocative”.
Meanwhile BJP MLA Ram Kadam, who heads Film Studio Setting and Allied Majdoor Union, said on Wednesday that their union would not support anyone, who distorts history for publicity.
Speaking to ANI, Kadam said, “We will take decision this afternoon. Our union will not support a person who distorts history for the publicity of his film and will demand a ban if needed. If director (Sanjay Leela) Bhansali does not agree (to cut some scenes), our union will not let him shoot any film in the future.”
In a related news, a Karni Sena member has threatened to chop off Deepika Padukone’s nose for violating Indian culture. The protests have turned even more violent in last few days. The film is releasing on December 1, 2017 however it is still unsure that it will make it.