In a letter addressed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP member Arjun Gupta has demanded that ‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be tried for treason for distorting history.
Gupta, who is the General Secretary of the Uttar Bharatiya Morcha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that the director is doing something “disgusting” in the pursuit of earning money and for boosting his career.
Gupta alleged that Bhansali is trying to malign Rani Padmavati’s sacrifice through ‘Padmavati’.
“The whole country, not just the Rajput community, is standing against it. He needs to be severely punished by being tried for treason for his attempt to distort history so that in future any filmmaker is wary of such projects.”
Gupta has also appealed to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to “not certify this film”. He stated that “I am fully confident that my letter will be taken into consideration, and a sedition case is run (registered) against Bhansali.”
‘Padmavati’ which starres Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles is scheduled to be released on December 1 has been facing opposition and backlash since it was announced as various organisations have targeted the filmmaker for distortion of history in the historical drama.
Bhansali has repeatedly clarified that there are no scenes between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in the film which can hurt sentiments of the people.