Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh finally succumbs to pressure as Viacom and makers have voluntarily deferred film’s release date, reports PTI.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje reportedly wrote to I&B minister Smriti Irani asking for the Padmavati’s release to be stalled and that the Deepika Padukone-starrer not be released “without cuts”.
The controversy over the movie, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has taken an ugly turn after members of the Rajput Karni Sena, a fringe outfit in Rajasthan, threatened to “cut off Padukone’s nose and behead Bhansali” if the film released.
The Karni Sena alleges that the film, based on the legend of Rani Padmini or Padmavati, the queen of Chittorgarh, compromises on the honour of the Rajput queen.
On Friday, shots were fired during the Karni Sena’s protest outside at Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan.
Tourists visiting the fort were requested to go back after the entry to the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was closed on Friday in protest of the movie.
Shockingly, during the sit-in organised by the fringe group, effigies of Padukone, who essays the role of Padmavati, and the movie director, were hung from trees outside the fort, as per visuals accessed by Times Now.
A Brahmin group also conducted a signature campaign in blood demanding a ban on the film.
Even the Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer has issued a statement requesting a ban.
Amidst this, the failure of the government to take a firm stand against such protests has come under fire.
Padmavati, starring Padukone, Ranveer Singh as Allaudin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Raja Mahaveer Singh, is scheduled to release on December 1.
Courtesy: Times Now