Padmavati controversy: Protests at Chittorgarh Fort, Coimbatore; Bollywood stands with Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has been facing a lot of trouble since early this year.

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Padmavati controversy: Protests at Chittorgarh Fort, Coimbatore; Bollywood stands with Bhansali


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CBFC sends back Padmavati citing 'incomplete' application

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has sent Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed Padmavati back to the makers as the application for the certification was “incomplete”.

According to the CBFC, the movie, which has triggered protests by several Rajput groups, will be reviewed as per the set norms once it is sent back to the board after sorting out the issue.

“The film was submitted for certification last week. We examined the documents, as we normally do. It was conveyed to the makers that their application was incomplete. They had to rectify and send it back, we will view it when it comes back to us,” a source in the CBFC told PTI.

“When they (makers) rectify the deficiency we will again scrutinise it once more and when the turn comes we will examine it (film for certification),” the source added.

09:31 (ist)

Mumbai police beef up Deepika Padukone's security in the city ahead of film's release

The Mumbai Police on Thursday beefed up the security of actor Deepika Padukone after Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) warned of physical harm incase she did not refrain from 'inciting public sentiments', a senior official said.

Karni Sena leader Mahipal Singh Makrana today invoked the nose chopping of 'Surpanakha' in the epic Ramayana and said if the Bollywood film "Padmavati" was not banned and Padukone does not refrain from fanning sentiments with her provocative language, the Rajputs will not lag behind in acting.

"The Mumbai Police have increased actor Deepika Padukone's security after the outfit issued the nose chopping threat," Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti told PTI.

We are providing her adequate security after the threat, he said. The police will also provide security at the actress's residence as well as office in Mumbai.

They have already provided protection to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali after the Rajput community outfit protested outside his office in suburban Juhu last Saturday while accusing him of distorting historical facts in the history drama.

Police have beefed up security at Bhansali's residence in Versova in the city.

Organisations like the SRKS have been protesting against the release of the film, claiming that it distorts history and hurts sentiments.

The SRKS has called for a country-wide bandh on December 1, the day the film is slated to be released.

In January this year, the SRKS had attacked the sets of the movie in Jaipur and even slapped Bhansali.

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil told PTI the government was assessing Padukone's security in the wake of the threats.

"We have already provided security to Sanjay Leela Bhansali as he was found to be at risk. Now a security assessment of Deepika Padukone is being done. If she is found to be at risk, adequate steps will be taken. However, nobody's threat can be taken at the face value until the government assesses it," he said.

Padukone had on Tuesday hit out against those protesting the release of 'Padmavati' and reportedly said that "we've regressed as a nation".

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According to a report in Hindustan Times, the Rajput community in Meerut has also announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's head.

“Jauhar ki jwala hai, bahut kuch jalega. Rok sako to rok lo. (This is the fire of ‘jauhar’, a lot of things will burn. Stop us if you can.)”

16:15 (ist)

 Ajmer Dargah Deewan opposes release of Padmavati

Ajmer Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan today joined the chorus of voices against upcoming Bollywood film "Padmavati" and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film, saying it hurt religious sentiments.

Comparing the films director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with controversial writers Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasreen and Tareq Fatah, the spiritual leader said Muslims should oppose the film, which is set to hit the screens on December 1.

Various Rajput groups are opposing the release of the film, saying it hurt the sentiments of the community.

In a statement, Abedin likened Bhansali to Rushdie, Nasreen and Fatah who, he alleged had played with the religious sentiments of Muslims through their statements, while taking benefit of freedom of speech and expression.

He also said a film, in which historical facts were depicted in a distorted manner, could adversely affect the law-and-order situation if it was allowed to be screened in theatres.

Abedin added that the film should be reviewed and it should be ensured that it did not hurt the religious sentiments of any community.
Describing Rajput queen Padmini as a symbol of valour and pride for women, he said showing disrespect to her would not be acceptable to anyone.

Abedin said it was surprising that even though there were countrywide protests against Bhansalis film "Padmavati", the board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at the Chittorgarh fort stated that Alauddin Khilji saw Rani Padmini through a mirror and reportedly went to the extent of ravaging Chittor in order to possess her.



Nov 18, 2017 - 16:24 (IST)

Historian Irfan Habib weighs in on the controversy

Nov 18, 2017 - 16:05 (IST)

Controversy over Padmavati is unnecessary, says CBFC member Khalish Masoom

Reacting to the Padmavati row, CBFC member Khalish Masoom hit out at critics for delivering judgment on the movie without watching it. "How can it be said that the history has been distorted when no one has watched it yet? I didn't find anything controversial with the film," he said. 

Nov 18, 2017 - 15:18 (IST)

KTS Tulsi backs filmmakers over freedom to portray controversial subjects

Nov 18, 2017 - 14:54 (IST)

Australian actress Ruby Rose 'shocked' at what Deepika Padukone 'is going through'

Australian actress Ruby Rose on Saturday lent out her support to actress Deepika Padukone, who has been threatened of physical harm over the release of her film Padmavati.

She is "in shock" with the controversy and called Deepika "one of the strongest women".

"I am in shock at reading what my dear friend is going through but in absolute awe of her strength and courage. Deepika you are one of the strongest women I know," Rose tweeted. In reply, Deepika sent Rose a folded-hands emoji. 

Deepika and Rose shared screen space in 2017 Hollywood film "xXx: Return of Xander Cage".


Nov 18, 2017 - 14:32 (IST)

After Chittorgarh, hundreds of locals block entry to Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand

Hundreds of locals led by the Rajput community on Saturday blocked the entry to Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand district, demanding a complete ban on Bollywood film Padmavati, a day after a similar protest at Chittorgarh Fort against the movie.

The situation in Chittorgarh is normal as on Saturday, SHO of Chittorgarh police station Omprakash said.

The Circle Officer of Kumbhalgarh, Chandan Singh, said, "The protest is going on and the entry to the Kumbhalgarh fort is blocked." Elaborate security arrangements have been made, he said.

The majestic hill fort of Kumbhalgarh is the birthplace of legendary king Maharana Pratap and an UNESCO world heritage site.

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Nov 18, 2017 - 14:13 (IST)

Kshatriya Mahasabha's Thakur Abhishek Som demands Bhansali, Deepika Padukone be jailed, leave the country

Speaking to CNN-News18, Thakur Abhishek Som from the Kshatriya Mahasabha expressed his anger over Padmavati movie's alleged "distortion of history". He demanded that director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone, be jailed and asked to leave the country. 


Nov 18, 2017 - 13:53 (IST)

'No hint of romance between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji'

Nov 18, 2017 - 13:39 (IST)

Padmavati came up for review only this week, says CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi

Nov 18, 2017 - 13:31 (IST)

Journalist Barkha Dutt criticises news anchors for playing 'judge' over Padmavati

Nov 18, 2017 - 13:21 (IST)

Ranveer Singh 'stands by' Bhansali's vision of Padmavati

Breaking his silence on the Padmavati controversy, actor Ranveer Singh, who plays Alauddin Khilji in the film, said he fully supports director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's vision of the film. "I am 200 percent with the film and I stand by it as well as Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I also stand by his vision for the film. He had a vision and has done everything to realise it. Vis-à-vis the film, I can just request the audience and everybody else who have concerns about it to wait and watch the film," DNA quoted him as saying.

Commenting on accusations against Bhansali for distorting historical facts, Singh said, "One shouldn’t doubt Sanjay sir; he is a magnificent film-maker and has tremendous respect for Indian culture and an enormous respect for Indian heritage and he will never intentionally hurt sentiments or do anything wrong."

Padmavati has been facing a lot of trouble since early this year. Bhansali was assaulted by activists of a Rajput community group, Karni Sena, while shooting in Jaipur and Kolhapur. And now, ever since the trailer and a few songs have released, the outrage against the film has been non-stop.

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Wednesday called for a nationwide bandh on 1  December against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati, which finds itself mired in a controversy.

The founder of the organisation Lokendra Singh Kalvi said that not only the Rajput community or Hindu organisations but even Muslim leaders had come out against the film, against which there was resentment across the country.

Padmavati controversy Protests at Chittorgarh Fort Coimbatore Bollywood stands with Bhansali

Deepika Padukone in Padmavati. Image via Facebook

He demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervene in the issue saying that the central government had the powers, as per the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, to stop the release of a film for three months.

"We are calling for a country-wide bandh on 1 December if the film is released. We have the support of all castes and communities. We will hold public meetings and rallies in Gurgaon, Patna, and Bhopal before that," Kalvi told reporters.That provision should be invoked in case of Padmavati which is slated to be released on 1 December, he said.

Kalvi said that the statement by actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the legendary queen in the movie, that nothing can stop the release of the film was "provocative".

No effort to tarnish the image of "Rani Padmavati" will be tolerated, he said.

Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh. It is co-produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions. It is slated to release on 1 December.

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