Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati trailer has been released and received immense appreciation by the audience. But the movie is in the news once again.
If reports are to be believed, Members of a Rajput outfit have said that if Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati is released without being pre-screened to Rajput organisations, they will burn cinema halls and multiplexes screening the film.
The members of the Jai Rajputana Sangh reportedly had a meeting with the management of several cinema halls and multiplexes in Jaipur and gave a stern warning to not allow the screening of the Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone-starrer film.
Bhanwar Singh Reta, founder, Jai Rajputana Sangh told Hindustan Times in a statement, “We won’t tolerate any distortion of history and if any romantic relationship is shown between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, we will burn cinema halls screening the film. Our members are trained in handling a large array of weapons ranging from swords to AK 47 guns. We won’t let anyone dishonour Padmavati and insult the people of Rajasthan.”
The Sangh reportedly has not less than 2.65 lakh members.
“Our demand is that the filmmakers screen it to a panel of representatives from various Rajput organizations. We will only give them a go-ahead to release the film after we are satisfied that no scene insults queen Padmavati,” Reta added.
The members of the cult organisation also blamed Union Information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani for her lack of interest and efforts in this regard and thus burnt her effigy. “Irani had said that the film will face no trouble during its release. We condemn this statement,” said Reta to HT.
Furthermore, he revealed that the Sangh had issued warning letters to cinema halls outside Rajasthan as well in states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Within Rajasthan, the organisation sent the warning letter to almost 200 cinema halls.
The threatening letter from purportedly sent by the Sangh to PVR cinemas in Indore has appeared on social media. They warned that the theatre would be responsible for the consequences if they went ahead with the plans to screen it.
This is not the first time that a Rajout organisation has raised an objection in the release of the film. Earlier, members of the Karni Sena had burnt posters of the film last month and demanded that it be pre-screened to Rajput and Hindu outfits.
In January this year, the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur were vandalized by members of the Karni Sena and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was allegedly manhandled.
The film is scheduled to release on December 1.