We won’t let anyone dishonour Padmavati and insult the people of Rajasthan: Jai Rajputana Sangh
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s most ambitious project Padmavati has been in news since the film was announced. During the shoot, the filmmaker was assaulted by Rajput Karni Sena, who burnt posters of the film in Jaipur and Kolhapur, and demanded that it be pre-screened to Rajput and Hindu outfits.
However this time, Jai Rajputana Sangha has demanded a screening of the film before its release and have additionally threatened to burn cinema halls and multiplexes screening the film, if Padmavati is not shown to them prior to its release.
Jai Rajputana Sangh’s member met the management of several cinema halls and multiplexes in Jaipur and warned them against screening the Padmavati.
“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,” said Bhanwar Singh Reta, founder, Jai Rajputana Sangh on Sunday, as reported Hindustan Times.
“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,” said Reta, further adding, “Our demand is that the filmmakers screen it to a panel of representatives from various Rajput organisations. We will only give them a go-ahead to release the film after we are satisfied that no scene insults queen Padmavati,” said Reta.
The film is all set to release on 1 December, and has been facing incessesant issues and threats from Rajput outfits.
At the beginning of this year, the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur were destroy and damaged by members of the Karni Sena and its director was allegedly manhandled.
The trailer of the film was unveiled last week. Deepika Padukone plays the role of Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Allauddin Khilji. The film also stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad in pivotal roles.