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Rajput women to end their life if ‘Padmaavat’ doesn’t get banned!

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 is slated to release on January 25.

But the protest against the film quite growing. Now, in a new twist to the ongoing controversy over release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat, about 200 Rajput women marched with swords in Chittorgarh yesterday calling it a ‘Swabimaan’ rally carrying banners that prompt to ban the film or give them permission to end their lives.

The women distributed memorandums to government officials addressed to the President, Prime Minister, Rajasthan governor, and chief minister.

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Suresh Kumar Khatik, the sub-divisional officer of Chittorgarh, said, “They gave us the memoranda seeking a countrywide ban on the film.” Addressing the same, Rajasthan government has now said that it would file a review petition on Monday in the Supreme Court against the top court’s order that stayed the decision of some states to ban the film’s screening.

This Swabhimaan rally by Rajput women started from Jauhar Sthal in Chittorgarh fort, the same place where Rani Padmini and 16,000 other Rajput women are said to have committed jauhar (self-killing) in the year 1303, preferring to die rather than be captured by Alauddin Khilji, who was the Muslim king of Delhi back then.

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.


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