Theatre distributors in Rajasthan refuse to screen Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Padmavati’!

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is facing many troubles since it was announced. Now, again the film is breaking headlines because of wrong reasons.

Few days ago, The BJP and Congress have demanded that the film be banned if it distorts history. Then, Rajput Karni Sena led a protest march from Chittorgarh’s Padmavati Jauhar Kund.

Now, theatre owners in Rajasthan refuse to screen the film because they are afraid of damage to their property.

“Karni Sena and other Rajput community leaders are protesting against the film over alleged distortion of historical facts. We are also against the distortion of historical facts and will purchase the distribution rights only after the controversy is settled,” Raj Bansal, a leading film distributor, told PTI.

“Let them reach an amicable solution, then only we will purchase the rights of the film,” he said.

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Another distributor, Sanjay Chatar, said that the filmmaker and those objecting to the film should settle the controversy first.

“There should be no distortion of historical facts in the film,” he said.

There are over 300 screens in the state. Rajasthan BJP MLA Diya Kumari too joined in the chorus against the film. “I will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan & Sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians by movie #Padmavati,” Diya Kumari, who hails from the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, said on Twitter.

‘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.

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