Rajasthan Tourism Minister demands ban on Arjun Kapoor's Panipat, claims movie presents 'distorted facts'

Rajasthan minister Vishvendra Singh has alleged Panipat shows his ancestor, Maharaja Surajmal of Bharatpur, as not helping the Maratha army

Press Trust of India December 09, 2019 16:54:10 IST
Rajasthan Tourism Minister demands ban on Arjun Kapoor's Panipat, claims movie presents 'distorted facts'

Rajasthan Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh on Sunday demanded a ban on the screening of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat in north India to avoid a law and order situation, following protest against the film in Bharatpur.

Singh alleged that the movie, featuring Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon, portrays Bharatpur king Maharaja Surajmal in unseemly manner.

Rajasthan Tourism Minister demands ban on Arjun Kapoors Panipat claims movie presents distorted facts

Still from Panipat. Image via Twitter/@AshGowariker

“It is unfortunate that the legendary Jat ruler, Maharajah Surajmal has been depicted in an unseemly light and historical facts have been distorted in the film Panipat. In light of the vociferous protest by the Jat community in Haryana, Rajasthan and other regions of North India, I believe that the film should be banned to avoid a law and order situation,” Mr. Singh posted on Twitter.

In light of the vociferous protest by the Jat community in Haryana, Rajasthan and other regions of North India, I believe that the film should be banned to avoid a law and order situation. @ashokgehlot51 @VasundharaBJP @SachinPilot @KatariaLalchand @SatishPooniaBJP @Barmer_Harish

— Vishvendra Singh (@vishvendrabtp) December 8, 2019

Opposition leader and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also condemned the portrayal of Maharaja Surajmal in the film, which released on Friday. “The mistaken portrayal of the self-respecting, loyal and large hearted emperor Maharaja Surajmal in the film Panipat by the filmmaker is condemnable,” she tweeted.

The movie is based on the third battle of Panipat fought between the Maratha empire and Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali in 1761.

Arjun Kapoor plays the role of Sadashiv Rao Bhau, commander of the Maratha army and the movie allegedly shows Bharatpur king Maharaja Surajmal as a greedy emperor, who wanted to conquer the Red Fort of Agra and denied help to Maratha army during the battle of Panipat.

Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal wrote on the microblogging site, “I request CBFC, Prakash Javdekar, Prasoon Joshi to look into the matter of Panipat movie to avoid protest, law and order problem. No film or art can misreport history.”

Jat leader Nem Singh Faujdaar on Saturday burnt an effigy of Gowariker at the Surajmal Square in Bharatpur amid presence of hundreds of people who raised slogans against the director.

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