Padmavati release will lead to serious law and order problems, Yogi Adityanath govt tells Centre

PTI

Nov,16 2017 08:35:42 IST

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday apprised the Centre that the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" on 1 December will pose a law and order problem for the state.

In a letter written to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, UP Principal Secretary (Home), Arvind Kumar said the Censor board should be apprised about the public resentment over the alleged distortion of facts in the movie.

"The Censor Board members should take a decision after taking into account people's views. They should be apprised about it. It has come to the notice through intelligence reports that the film's producers have presented the movie for Censor Board clearance. After the release of the trailer of the movie on 9 October, various social and other organisations opposed the film," the letter said.

Kumar said such strong protests has created law and order problems in the state.

Deepika Padukone in Padmavati. Image from Twitter @deepikapadukone

Deepika Padukone in Padmavati. Image from Twitter @deepikapadukone

The letter further stated that "in view of the civic polls, polling for which is scheduled on 22 November, 26 November and 29 November and the counting on 1 December, and also the 'Barawafat' procession by Muslims on 2 December, the film's release can pose serious security issues".

Taking precautionary measures ahead of the scheduled release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed movie, Uttar Pradesh DGP Sulkhan Singh had earlier asked the force to remain extra vigilant. "Keeping in view the protests against the movie by some organisations, the force should remain alert, especially at all malls and cinema halls with anti-riot equipment," Singh said in his directives to all district police chiefs. Enough police force should be kept in reserve so that it can be deployed when needed. Local intelligence units should also be alerted to keep an eye of unscrupulous elements so that effective timely action is taken," he said.

All the SHOs and senor police officers should do patrolling and keep an eye on the situation to avoid any untoward incident. "In view of the (possible) dharna, agitation, traffic jam, arsoning - all measures should be taken in advance and strict legal action initiated against those involved in such acts," he said.

Bhansali is facing the ire of various groups, who allege improper "depiction" of legendary queen Rani Padmavati in the movie. Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone in the titular role. Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji.

Updated Date: Nov 16, 2017 08:35 AM