The troubles for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film don't seem to end. After the series of protests, the Mumbai Police on Sunday arrested 15 members of the Akhand Rajputana Seva Sangh, while members of the Rajput community, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and Rajput Karni Sena held a joint protest in Surat.
A Rajput outfit on Monday warned that it would not allow upcoming Hindi film "Padmavati" to be screened in Karnataka, claiming that the film distorted historical facts and portrayed royal characters of yore in a poor light.
The Karni Sena has opposed a romantic scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in the movie. We condemn such a heinous portrayal of our queen.
Uday Singh, a member of the outfit, demanded that the censor board not clear the film as it "distorts history and hurts the sentiments of people". The movie is scheduled to release on December 1.According to Mansinh Rathod, who is leading the Gujarat chapter of "Karni Sena", Bhansali has "distorted the historical facts in the movie."We have learnt that there is a dream sequence in the movie wherein "Rani Padmavati" has been shown romancing with "Allaudin Khilji".
In Gandhinagar, the huge gathering of the Rajput community was even inspired by the presence of senior Karni Sena leaders, like its founder Lokendrasinh Kalvi and national president Mahipalsinh Makrana. Bhansali was once assaulted by the violent activists of Karni Sena while shooting in Jaipur, and the sets were also destroyed in Kolhapur earlier this year.