Uproar and protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati seem to be getting more dangerous by the minute with the protesters threatening to physically harm actress Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Karni Sena, whose members attacked the director in January this year in Jaipur where he was shooting the film, have now threatened to maim Deepika Padukone. The film is based on a 16th Century poem and historians have said that there is no record of such a queen in history.
Speaking to media outlets, Karni Sena member Mahipal Singh Makrana said, “Rajput Karni Sena is fighting to protect the image of women being portrayed in the films. We never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha for violating the rules and culture of India.”
Meanwhile, Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha is signing a petition with blood against the film, which will be sent to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Rajput community in Meerut has also announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the filmmaker’s head.
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He threatened to burn down any theatre which screens the film and said, “Jauhar ki jwala hai, bahut kuch jalega. Rok sako to rok lo. (This is the fire of ‘jauhar’, a lot of things will burn. Stop us if you can.)”
Padmavati does not seem to have a clear path ahead. The Uttar Pradesh government today apprised the Centre that the release of Bollywood film Padmavati on December 1 will pose a law and order problem for the state.