Protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie Padmavati have been going on for a long time. However, it has intensified in the last couple of days as several organisations have objections over Rani Padmini’s portrayal.
The situation is worse in Rajasthan where the distributors have refused to release the film unless the controversy is sorted out. BJP MLA Diya Kumari, of the erstwhile Royal family of Jaipur, issued a statement Tuesday saying that “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. He should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release the film.”
She also said, “Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians. If the movie does not display authentic history or takes any liberties, it will not be allowed to be released.”
Top Rajput body, the Shri Rajput Sabha, also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday and gave an ultimatum of November 12 for a countrywide ban of Padmavati and an FIR against habitual offender Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has finally spoken about the controversy. In a video, the directors said that this is his tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rani Padmavati.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions, Padmavati is slated to release on 1st December 2017.