‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena to demand ‘pre-censor board’ to review period films!

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The Karni Sena, which was in the news a few weeks ago for attacking “Padmavati” director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Jaipur, has now demanded pre-censorship of period films and plans to approach the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in this regard.

Karni Sena’s protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmavati” was because of an allegation that the film was “distorting facts”.

'Padmavati' row

The representatives, in a press conference here, said they will approach the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to put forth this demand.

 “In our opinion, a pre-censor board consisting of experts should supervise and monitor any historical film to be made. This will help in overcoming the complications which come up during or after the film is made,” said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Founder, Shree Rajput Karni Sena.

“We are not taking offence towards every form of art… But tampering the glory of Rajput history is something that needs to be considered with great amount of seriousness,” he added.

Activists of Shree Rajput Karni Sena had last month protested, misbehaved and manhandled the crew of “Padmavati”. They also damaged some cameras and other equipment, leading Bhansali to stop shooting since then.

The organisation said while they are not against art, they will not appreciate “distortion of history”.

“Padmavati” is a film about Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, and Shree Rajput Karni Sena is concerned the movie will have intimate scenes between the characters, to be essayed by actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.

They said the film’s makers have assured them that there will be no intimate scene.

Citing the example of Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2008 film “Jodhaa Akbar“, Kalvi added that history had often been distorted by Bollywood.

“Truth often gets overshadowed by the subjectivity of perception which can mislead generations of audience and result in poor understanding of history,” Kalvi said.

He claimed that in a letter sent on behalf of Bhansali’s banner, “Padmavati” makers have agreed officially to the demands posed by the Sena.

“No intimate scene should be shot between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, even in the manner of a dream sequence,” stated one of the demand posed by Sena, which they claimed was agreed upon by Bhansali’s production.

“We have been working for more than 10 years to safeguard the glory of the Rajput community and our ancestors. We are proud of our heritage and will not tolerate any conspiracy that compromises our self-respect. It’s unfortunate to see the Censor Board endorsing Bhansali. Few days back, when we met the censor board authorities, they told us that no action can be taken before the entire film is made and comes to us for review. However, I have personally met the director who has assured us that the film will show no intimate scenes between Ranveer and Deepika,” Kalvi added.

The film, slated for a November 17 release, also stars Shahid Kapoor as Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, alongside Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh.