Months after facing various opposition, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is all set to release on January 25. As the film inching towards its release, now, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has sent an invitation to Shri Rajput Karni Sena and other Rajput associations to watch “Padmaavat”.
The production company sent a missive to Shree Rajput Karni Sena and Shree Rajput Sabha Bhawan, its leaders claimed but alleged that the move was only a ploy “aimed at fooling”.
They have, however, turned it down and again asked for a ban on the film.
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In a press conference in Jaipur on Saturday, Kalvi said the letter has been sent after the date of release of the film has been fixed which shows that this is well-planned gimmick.
“This letter will be put into flames as it is just a part of show-off which has been done in an endeavour to prove that ‘we have invited Rajput community leaders’.” Kalvi said.
Kalvi has now appealed to the Prime Minister to ban the film under “section 6 of the Cinematography Act”.
He said: “(A total of) 1908 Kshatriya females have registered their names to perform jauhar in Chittorgarh on January 24 if the film’s screening is not stopped.”
The letter reads that the Rajput community has been misled in this context. It reads, “The film will maintain the honour and dignity of Queen Padmavati… The dream sequence being talked about in the film is just a rumour and we have already apprised you about the same in the letter sent on January 29, 2017. There is no such scene… We assure that the entire Rajput community will feel proud after watching the film.”
Talking about the move, Kalvi said, “We never asked him to show us the film but we wanted nine historians to be shown the film, out of which the film has been shown to three historians only. On top of it, the advice of these historians was also not considered. We now want that the film should be shown to the six remaining historians as well and their opinion on the same sought.” He added that the historians have been insulted as their opinions were ignored and the film’s release date was decided.
The film faces several threats from Rajput Sena. The film was accused to have offensive content against Rajput community.
The film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh. It is slated to release on January 25.