Nagpur: With Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ all set to reportedly release on January 25, the members of Rajput Karni Sena, Nagpur, who are against the release of the film, staged a ‘peaceful’ protest at Cinemax Theatre, Eternity Mall, Variety Square on Monday noon.
Led by city unit President of Karni Sena, Pramodsingh Thakur, the member of the fringe group offered roses to the Manager and other employees of Cinemax and urged them not to release the controversial film even though the Supreme Court has cleared the release.
Talking to Nagpur Today, Thakur said, “We are not agitating for reservation to Rajput community members. Rajput Karni Sena is not happy with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC’s) decision of giving a nod to the film with a change in title and some changes along with a U/A certificate. Three noted historians have watched the movie and as per their opinion, the film distorts facts and hurts their pride and sentiments — the queen shown dancing without a ghoonghat (veil), allegations of an intimate dream scene between her and the villain of the piece, Allauddin Khilji,” Thakur claimed.
The film which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh is banned in some states. The film has been in the eye of the storm for the whole year, held hostage by various aggrieved religious and political organisations, with the protests peaking and threatening to turn violent this month in the run-up to the release.