Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is still facing complications with its release. The fate of movie has now come into the hands of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. On Thursday, he received a memorandum from BJP state Mahila Morcha claiming film ‘distorts history’and wrongly portrays queen Padmavati. While speaking to the reporters Mr Parrikar said, that he would look into the demands of Bhartiya Janta Party’s women wing led by president Sulakshana Sawant regarding the release of the movie in Goa.
The memorandum submitted by state women’s right-wing states: “History has depicted Padmavati as having committed johar [self-immolation] to escape dishonour. Large sections of Indians adore queen Padmavati for her valour. The release of the controversial film is likely to hurt the sentiments of a large section of society creating unrest in peaceful Goa.” Mr Parrikar said, that he had accepted the request and the issues raised by the delegations were justifiable. He said, “My personal opinion is that history should be portrayed correctly. If history is portrayed in a wrong way, then people’s sentiments might be hurt.”
The minister said that he is looking at the issue from a law and order perspective. He added that history should be portrayed correctly without hurting people’s sentiments. He said, “This controversy is a law and order problem. Goa cannot afford to put people’s lives at risk in the middle of the tourist season. We will take a call [on the ban] once the Censor Board clears the film and grants a certificate.”