It seems like problems for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his film Padmavati has no signs of end. The movie has been in news ever since it has been announced.
The movie has already faced several threats from the Rajputs. Despite Bhansali’s repeated assurances that the film, under no circumstance, will misrepresent history, these Hindu extremist groups continue to protest.
This rapidly growing protest can harm the film. Hence, Bhansali has done ‘Padmavati’ insurance. Yes, according to reports, Bhansali has done insurance of the film for Rs. 160 crores.
“There is a policy, which covers loss of ticketing revenue due to riots, strike, malicious damage,” an insurance agency official was quoted as saying.
A senior executive from a cinema chain added, “Exhibitors will not take the risk of showing a film if there is a threat or possibility of rioting as it seems likely in the case of Padmavati. Damage to their properties can prove to be very expensive if enough police protection is not made available. As of today, there are three states where protests against the films are gaining momentum.”
Distributor and exhibitor Raj Bansal, who owns a cinema hall in Jaipur, said, “As of now, no distributor has been appointed in Rajasthan, but we also own cinema halls in Jaipur and are eager to screen Padmavati, but there are threats and every day we get pamphlets warning us to not screen the film. Naturally, we are cautious and would like the local administration to give us police protection so that the film gets screened in our cinema halls. If we don’t get proper police protection and if there are more problems then we will need to think about screening the film.”
‘Padmavati’ is based on Rani Padmini, the legendary Rajput queen of the kingdom of Chittorgarh, to be played by Deepika. It also features Shahid as her husband, king Rawal Ratan Singh, and probably the most impressive of them all – the invader Alauddin Khilji, essayed with sheer ferocity by Ranveer.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film is slated to release on December 1.