After months of protests and heated debates, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama film ‘Padmaavat’ has finally been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The film, became Padmaavat from Padmavati, courtesy the Central Board of Film Certification, which demanded change in its title among other modifications, before giving it a green signal.
Now, in a new twist to the ongoing controversy over release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat, female members of Kshatriya community in Chittorgarh on Saturday threatened to perform “jauhar” (self-immolation) if the screening of the film is not stopped by the government.
In a Sarvasamaj meeting held in Chittorgarh, the members of the community decided a phase-wise protest will be staged against the proposed release of film. The meeting was attended by around 500 people, out of which 100 females belonged to high-profile families of the city. Virendra Singh, the spokesperson of the Rajput Karni Sena told IANS that the national highways and railway lines will be blocked across Chittorgarh on January 17.[ecp code=”4″]
According to Virendra Singh, a representative board will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16, who is scheduled to visit Pachpadra village in Barmer district for laying the foundation stone for a refinery project.
“A request will be made to him as well to stop the screening of the film,” he said.
“But, if despite all these measures the film is released, the women of Kshatriya Samaj will perform jauhar on January 24 — the day when the queen performed jauhar — and at the same site,” said Virendra Singh.
Padmavat has been surrounded by controversies right from the very beginning as right-wing Hindu and Rajput groups objected to the release of the movie. They called Padmavat a distortion of historical facts and an insult to Rajput traditions and culture.