Members of Kshatriya community allegedly vandalised a shopping mall,where posters of yet-to-be-released movie Ram-Leela were pasted,and later burnt an effigy of films director Sanjay Leela Bhansali during a protest against the movie in the city on Sunday.
The incident took place during a rally of Kshatriya to protest alleged derogatory portrayal of the community in the movie. While passing on Kalavad Road,participants of the rally allegedly broke glasses of the entrance of the mall. They also damaged plants in the landscape near the entry gate.
Afterwards,they gathered in Jilla Panchayat Chowk,garlanded an effigy of Bhansali with footwear and set it on fire.
Incidentally,protests against the movie had started in Saurashtra early this month,but had subsided after Bhansali reportedly apologised to Kutch Kathiawad Association,an organisation of Kshatriyas,to remove objectionable scenes of the movie.
But now we have learnt that Bhansali never tendered an apology and that the fax was sent by his assistant. Even then,he has apologised to an organisation only. We demand Bhansali seek apology of the entire Kshatriya community through the media, said Pravinsinh Jadeja,president of Gujarat Kshatriya-Rajput Yuva Samaj,another Kshatriya organisation.
The movie portrays a Kshatriya woman in a manner against which the community takes offence. By conjuring up a story between Rabari and Kshatriya communities,Bhansali may lead both the communities to clash, Jadeja further said.
He added that Kshatriyas would not allow the movie to be released next month if Bhansali did not seek an apology and removed controversial content. The movie is set to be released next month.
Meanwhile,the management of the mall refused to file a police complaint for Sundays incident. In a written submission,it conveyed to Gandhigram police that it was doing business with the Kshatriya community directly or indirectly and thus,would not like to file a complaint.