Padmavati protests turn violent, Karni Sena members vandalise cinema hall in Kota

Padmavati protest: The Karni Sena members can be seen in the video smashing glass counters and windows of Gold Cinema where Padmavati trailer was being played.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2017 3:58 pm
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The protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati turned violent on Tuesday as members of Karni Sena vandalised a cinema hall in Kota, ANI reported. The whole act of violence was caught on camera. The Karni Sena members can be seen in the video smashing glass counters and windows of Gold Cinema. According to a report, eight people have been arrested after the incident.

“In a democracy everyone has right to protest. If they protest democratically, no one will have an objection. If they take law in their hands, then they will be punishable under law. I have been told that eight people have been arrested,” said Rajasthan Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria.

The incident took place a day after makers of the film agreed to screen it for those who had doubts about its content once the film was passed by the censor board. Padmavati, which is scheduled to be released on December 1, features Deepika Padukone in the role of queen Padmavati while Ranveer Singh plays the role of Alauddin Khilji.

The Karni Sena members had earlier this year vandalised the sets of the film and assaulted Bhansali for portraying queen Padmavati in ‘bad light’. The Rajput Karni Sena is claiming that Padmavati insults the Rajput community and is a distortion of history, which “hurts their religious sentiments”.

Meanwhile, senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra said a case should be lodged against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali over ‘Padmavati’ and senior Congress leader Rameshwar Dudi demanded a ban on the controversial film.

Talking to media, earlier in the day, Deepika said she believes that the film will tide over the controversy and win a “bigger battle” for the industry. “As a woman, I feel proud to be a part of this film, and to tell this story, which needs to be told. And it needs to be told now,” said Deepika.

Commenting on the protests against her film, Deepika said, “It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed.”

Deepika’s comments did not go down well with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. “Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective,” Swamy tweeted.

The Hindi film industry has come out in support of the period drama criticising the protest.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. C
    Nov 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm
    There is a breed of film makers in India, who exploit the large number sensitive citizens who live ever in the past even when their present and future are bleak. These so-called artists are quite non-artist-like while promoting their films. They make sure that their productions are released just prior to some major elections. These movies will be advertised as containing controversial plots or scenes that will be prejudicial to a religion or community or caste. Then the fringe elements take over the issue and we know what happens thereafter. Subsequently, Producers approach the courts for safe release. By then these films become the pivot for polarising voters. In the end, agitation becomes mere storm in a tea-cup and films are released. Cheap and extensive promotion through communal divide may not be righteous way of doing things as it certainly divides people, minds and the nation itself. But who cares-film maker laughs all the way to the bank and polarisation too occurs.
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      1. R
        Nov 15, 2017 at 6:09 am
        One more instance of `intolerance' spreading throughout India under BJP rule. These self proclaimed Hindu activities believe only thro violence things can be settled. What else is this if not Hindu terror. If anybody voices this opinion they will say he should be hanged or shot dead (as Kamal faced) or if the person is from minority community they will say `Go to Pakistan'. This is hidden agenda of the ruling party viz., consolidating Hindus vote bank. But they are mistaken not every State is like Gujarat. There are many devout Hindus who are proud to be Hindu but disapprove any form of violence in the name of religion.
        1. V
          Nov 15, 2017 at 3:37 am
          Censor board should critically examine the film to ensure that it does not have any obectionable and offending scenes in the picture. Protest at this point are a bit premature. Protestors can wait till it gets certified and viewed by their reps as per film producer's statement.
          1. K
            Nov 15, 2017 at 3:07 am
            Film Industry itself is divided over loyalty to Modi and not for anyone else.
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