As ‘Padmavati’ gets UK clearance, Karni Sena says won’t allow film to be released in India

Updated: Nov 22, 2017 | 21:24 IST | Times Now Digital
Padmavati Karni Sena

Shree Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi   | Photo Credit: PTI


New Delhi: Even as the United Kingdom reportedly cleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial movie ‘Padmavati’ for release in the country, the row over the Deepika Padukone-starrer film continues to rage.

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Shree Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi remained defiant on Thursday and said while Britain may have cleared the movie, they would not allow it to be released in India till all the objectionable parts were deleted.

“We don’t care about the release of the film in the UK. But we won’t allow its release in India,” Kalvi said.

He further appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the movie ‘Padmavati’.

He also hit out at actress Deepika Padukone, saying she should stop provoking the Karni Sena.

The fringe group based out of Rajasthan has threatened widespread violence if the film is released without addressing the concerns.

Its reels would be “consigned to the flames of Jauhar”, it has warned.

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In fact, several BJP-ruled states have already banned or opposed the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

On Wednesday, Gujarat announced the ban and its Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the movie ‘Padmavati’ was “hurting sentiments” of the Rajput community and would not be screened in the poll-bound state in view of law and order concerns.

A notification banning the film’s release was issued by the information and broadcasting department of the state.

“We can’t allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech and expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated,” the chief minister stated.

Meanwhile, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha waded in questioning what he called the “silence” of PM Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.

Former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, in an editorial in party organ ‘Peoples’ Democracy’, compared the protesters with cow vigilantes, and said “mob rule” had become one of the “hallmarks of the Modi raj”.

The controversy also reached the portals of Parliament as a House panel sought a report on the film from the I&B Ministry and the censor board.

Many groups have been protesting against the movie alleging distorting of history. Historians are, however, divided on whether Rani Padmavati even existed.

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