Rajput groups demand change in ‘Padmavati’ title, want to review film before release

Rajput groups demand change in 'Padmavati' title, want to review film before release
Members of Karni Sena vandalizing the set of Padmavati (inset: Sanjay Leela Bhansali)

Protests over ‘Padmavati’ took yet another turn on Monday with Rajput groups from Jaipur demanding that the makers change the title and allow them to review the film before it hits theaters.

The fresh demand was raised at a joint press conference which was convened by Rajput Sabha to announce that they and Karni Sena agree over the demand that there will no distortion of historic facts in the movie.

However, the president of the Rajput Sabha said that they have also demanded that a screening committee be formed by the group to screen the movie before its release but Bhansali productions are yet to act on the request.

During the press conference, some of the members of the Karni Sena raised another demand that the film’s title should be changed and there should be no film in the name of ‘Padmavati’ at all.

The same was supported by the state President of Karni Sena, Mahipal Singh, who added that he simply put forward the sentiments of the youths of the Rajput community by demanding the title change.

“We are thankful to the Bhansali productions that they have agreed to our demand that there will be no distortion of the historic facts in the movie,” he said.

The film had got into trouble last week after an members of Karni Sena broke onto the set at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur, assaulted director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and destroyed their property.

The group was upset over an alleged romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh).

While the incident drew sharp reactions from the film industry with members demanding action against the miscreants, Bhansali’s production house released a statement clarifying the ‘misconception’ about the story.

“There is no romantic dream sequence or any objectionable/romantic scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. It was not a part of the script. It was misconception and considering the sentiments of the community, we have clarified to them,” Shobha Sant, CEO of the Bhansali Productions said.

“We are trying to present Rani Padmavati’s courageous nature. We will make the film which will make the country proud on Rani Padmavati,” she said.

Sant, however, said the demand to change the title did not come up in their previous discussions with the group.

“They have made this fresh demand for which I have nothing to say anything. This is not in my jurisdiction. They also did not raise this point in our discussion held before,” Sant clarified. The team also cancelled its shooting in the city.

When asked whether the Bhansali productions would shoot in Rajasthan, Sant, said that the issue in at present was about addressing the sentiments of the Rajput community and all other things will be taken up for consideration later on.

Girraj Singh said that MLAs Vishwendra Singh (Congress) and Kirori Meena (NPP) as well as Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria have supported the demand against distortion of historical facts.

Kataria told reporters that the state government would provide security cover for the shooting, if requested.

He said that the incident happened but no FIR was lodged. He said that some members from Bhansali’s team had met him earlier but when they started the shooting was not in his knowledge.

With PTI inputs

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