Padmavati row: Mewar royals want government to stop release

Mewar royals have penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and censor board demanding to stop Padmavati's release stating that historical facts have been distorted in the film. The royals have also claimed that the song "Ghoomar" from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has gross inaccuracies.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2017 10:54 am
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A Mewar royal on Saturday penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani and censor board chairperson Prasoon Joshi, among others, urging them to withhold the certification and release of controversial film Padmavati.

Maharajkumar Vishvaraj Singh, son of Mahendra Singh Mewar — the 76th Maharana of the Mewar dynasty and a former Lok Sabha member — on behalf of his parents and sister Baijiraj Trivikrama Kumari Jamwal, has written the letter, a copy of which is with IANS.

“You are requested not to certify or permit the release of the film in its present form,” Singh has urged, listing out seven reasons to justify his request.

“Allowing commercial interests to override the sanctity of national pride and heritage would be a failure on the part of the government and will not behove well for times to come,” he added.

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has maintained that his movie is a tribute to the valour of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati.

However, Singh said that reports have indicated that Padmavati is based on Padmawat — a “poetic imagery” by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi — which, according to him, is not regarded as “historically accurate”.

He pointed out that the makers of the movie have not clarified about “any well established and accepted historical source” relied upon for this movie.

On the argument that one cannot judge a film until it has been seen, Singh said, “The song ‘Ghoomar’ and publicity material that has released establishes gross inaccuracies that transgress the limits of dramatic licence. If the film professes to be history and its maker goes on record to claim that he has kept in mind cultural sensitivities, it is an artistic and historic fraud to portray an incorrectly attired courtesan-like painted doll in the song as the very ‘queen’ the film purports to pay obeisance to.”

Singh complained that since the “film is about my family and a chapter in the history of Mewar”, the film makers neither approached the family to verify the facts, nor sought permission to use the family’s name.

While he is concerned how the film portrays the period of warfare, Singh also wants the makers to clarify the movie’s genre to avoid giving the present and future generations a “coloured view of history”.

Lastly, Singh said “it is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the history of our country and the dignity of its citizens”.

The letter has also been addressed to Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, and the Collectors and Superintendents of Police of Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Banswara and Dungarpur.

Padmavati is slated to release on December 1, and the makers are awaiting a censor screening, and subsequent clearance.

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    Jess
    Nov 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm
    UNDERWORLD/TERROR FUNDING started from mid 1990s in bollywood, and khans of bollywood also started to rise during that period..........its NOT COINCIDENCE, those muslims actors who we supported so much are behind the terrorists activities in India, becaz they fecilitated terror funding in bollywood and helped terrorist in earning HUGE AMOUNT of money by investing in bollywood movies.............
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      John Muller
      Nov 13, 2017 at 5:13 am
      hey genius, they have said a million times that khilji will be a complete evil villain who the audience is meant to hate in the film. he has NO scenes with the queen, and he does NOT succeed in the film's storyline. so what is wrong with you people? why are you mad? this is what separates us from developed countries like USA. they made films where abraham lincoln is a vampire slayer and nobody cared. yet SLB is putting in so much hard work to make a beautiful film to celebrate rajput pride yet these jobless orange s (who probably marry their daughters off at age 12 and poo in the streets) and even high up politicians are declaring legal action and violent protests in our country for this? this is why we are a backward country and the rest of the world will see us as having no toilets and full of rapists. clowns like you.
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        Ajith
        Nov 13, 2017 at 8:18 am
        Hey genius...do you think bollywood films will make us a developed country?? And any country protesting against incorrect portrait of their culture will keep that country underdeveloped? Go get some sense moron!! Pigs like you are born for slavery!
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      Jess
      Nov 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm
      But bollybastrds are doing this becaz TERROR FUNDING is rampant in bollywood, terrorists pump money in bollywood to PRODUCE MOVIES through muslim actors/directors/producers and some hindus also............and the profit those terrorists get from those movies is used to do TERROR ATTACKS on indian people and Army..............bollybastrds care only about money, they dont care if people will be killed by that Underworld money.............
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        John Muller
        Nov 13, 2017 at 5:12 am
        hey genius, they have said a million times that khilji will be a complete evil villain who the audience is meant to hate in the film. he has NO scenes with the queen, and he does NOT succeed in the film's storyline. so what is wrong with you people? why are you mad? this is what separates us from developed countries like USA. they made films where abraham lincoln is a vampire slayer and nobody cared. yet SLB is putting in so much hard work to make a beautiful film to celebrate rajput pride yet these jobless orange s (who probably marry their daughters off at age 12 and poo in the streets) and even high up politicians are declaring legal action and violent protests in our country for this? this is why we are a backward country and the rest of the world will see us as having no toilets and full of rapists. clowns like you.
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        Ravi
        Nov 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm
        ITS NOT JUST ABOUT MANIPULATION OF HISTORY but also the fact that these people are trying to portray a terrorist as a hero.........shame on these slaves for this......we must all boycott this movie, not only HINDUS, BUT MUSLIMS also, becaz it was the same person who brutalized, raped, tortured, maimed thousands to convert them to islam..............Muslims have more reasons to hate this terrorists than the Hindus........
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          John Muller
          Nov 13, 2017 at 5:10 am
          hey genius, they have said a million times that khilji will be a complete evil villain who the audience is meant to hate in the film. he has NO scenes with the queen, and he does NOT succeed in the film's storyline. so what is wrong with you people? why are you mad? this is what separates us from developed countries like USA. they made films where abraham lincoln is a vampire slayer and nobody cared. yet SLB is putting in so much hard work to make a beautiful film to celebrate rajput pride yet these jobless orange s (who probably marry their daughters off at age 12 and in the streets) and even high up politicians are declaring legal action and violent protests in our country for this? this is why we are a backward country and the rest of the world will see us as having no toilets and full of rapists. s like you.
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        2. Laxminarayan Taparia
          Nov 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm
          Bhansali is a senseless person. Even after bringing the feelings of Nation to his attention, if he cannot take a lesson, he is a worst kind of irrational animal, unfit to be called human being. When a film like " MUGALE AAZAM " is shown, people take the story as true HISTORY, without any doubt. Same is true of RAMAYAN and MAHABHARAT serials. Bhansali showing Rani Padmini as dancer, is shameless act of Bhansali. An act of blood boiling for proud Indians. There never has been in past, nor will ever be in future in any part of this planet, an example of respectability, and sacrifice for honour, like the one of Rani Padmini, of CHITTAUD. THE FILM MADE BY BHANSALI DESERVES TO BE THROWN INTO DUSTBIN. Bhansali can do well to learn from Shri Kumar Vishwas, renowned poet of India, as to what was the real history of Padmini.
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            John Muller
            Nov 13, 2017 at 5:14 am
            hey genius, it is an accurate depiction. dancing has always been in indian history and culture, you really think a queen never danced during an auspicious time in front of her king? they have said a million times that khilji will be a complete evil villain who the audience is meant to hate in the film. he has NO scenes with the queen, and he does NOT succeed in the film's storyline. so what is wrong with you people? why are you mad? this is what separates us from developed countries like USA. they made films where abraham lincoln is a vampire slayer and nobody cared. yet SLB is putting in so much hard work to make a beautiful film to celebrate rajput pride yet these jobless orange dumbs (who probably marry their daughters off at age 12 and poo in the streets) and even high up politicians are declaring legal action and violent protests in our country for this? this is why we are a backward country and the rest of the world will see us as having no toilets/ full of rapists. clowns like u
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