As various political groups demand a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati, the maker has sought to clarify his stance through a video message. In the video published on YouTube on Wednesday, he reiterated that the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor film upholds the honour of Rajputs and does not depict anything that may hurt anyone’s sentiments.
The official Twitter handle of Padmavati shared the video and tweeted: “Padmavati my tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rani Padmavati: Sanjay Leela Bhansali.” The film releases on December 1 and is already facing heat in three states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and the poll-bound Gujarat.
— Padmavati (@FilmPadmavati) November 8, 2017
The movie, which is being called an epic historical drama, features Deepika Padukone as Rajput queen Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji. Even during its shooting, the film has been mired in controversy.