Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic thriller, Padmavati has been in controversies even before its trailer launch which happened just last week. The film is based on Rajasthan’s brave queen Rani Padmini and is said to be inspired from ‘Padmavat’ an epic poem which describes the valour shown by Rani Padmini who committed ‘jauhar’ (self-immolation) after Alauddin Khilji the barbaric ruler of Delhi Sultanate tried to capture her. In the latest development surrounding the release of Padmavati, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has warned that the organisation will make sure that the film doesn’t release in any of the cinema halls across Uttar Pradesh as it glorifies foreign invaders like Khilji and defames the royal past of Rajasthan.
Vishva Hindu Parishad’s convener Rakesh Verma issuing a warning against the release of Padmavati said that the film unnecessarily glorifies foreign invaders like Khilji and insults Rajasthan; he also said that no patriot will tolerate Rani Padmini’s insult and our organisation is ready to answer those who try to distort history and demolish the cultural heritage of the country. Verma asked the centre to ban Padmavati’s release and if not so he said the Vishva Hindu Parishad members will not keep quiet.
Earlier in the day VHP and Bajrang Dal members organised a protest against the release of Padmavati and burned the movie posters in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier in April Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped and assaulted by members of Karni Sena who destroyed the movie sets forcing the crew to call off the shoot. Bhansali was shooting outside Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur when the attack took place on his crew members damaging the cameras and other equipment.
Padamavati starring Deepika Padukone in Rani Padmini’s role, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Aditi Rao Hydari as Kamala Devi is slated to release on December 1