Padmavati row: Karni Sena calls for bandh on Dec 1 if Bhansali movie is released

Some Karni Sena members had vandalised a cinema hall in Kota on Tuesday for playing the trailer of Padmavati.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: November 16, 2017 7:45 am
Bajrang Dal activists protesting against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film “Padmavati” in Nagpur, Maharashtra on Wednesday. (PTI Photo/File)

The Karni Sena on Wednesday called for a nationwide shutdown over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie Padmavati on December 1, the day of its scheduled release, threatening violence if the film is screened.

In Jaipur, Shri Rajput Karni Sena founder and patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi said: “Ahinsa bahut zaruri hai, hinsa toh majboori hai. Jauhar ki jwala hai, bahut kucch jalega. Rok sako toh is Padmavati ko rok lo (Non-violence is important but violence is the last resort. This is the fire of Jauhar, a lot will burn. Stop this Padmavati if you can).”

Demanding the nationwide strike on December 1, Kalvi said the Karni Sena will take the support of like-minded individuals and organisations, many of who have publicly objected to the film. “We are not talking of a Rajasthan bandh, but a Bharat bandh on December 1,” he said.

He accused Bhansali of back-tracking on an agreement with the outfit. “The censor board has certain limitations. It does not deliberate upon history, hence we had demanded a pre-censor board (screening of the trailer and the songs),” he said. But Bhansali had “betrayed” them, the leader said, and did not share the trailer or the songs with the Karni Sena, so they now wanted a ban on the film.

The Rajasthan Women’s Commission has written to the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) to ensure that the honour of women “is not adversely affected” in the movie.

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In the letter to CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi, Rajasthan Women’s Commission chief Suman Sharma asked him to watch the movie urgently and “clarify the doubts” over the widespread confusion among people and prevent any “conflict” in the future. “Also, in this entire episode, please ensure that women’s honour is not adversely affected. Please share the proceedings undertaken by you in this regard with us soon,” she said.

In a separate matter, three persons were booked in Bikaner on Tuesday over an “objectionable” comment on Goddess Durga and Rani Padmini.

In Bikaner, sub-inspector Kanhaiyalal said: “A local, Ratan Singh (25), had complained about an obscene social media post on Goddess Durga and Rani Padmini. So we lodged an FIR against three persons on Tuesday under IPC Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc.) and 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).”

Some Karni Sena members had vandalised a cinema hall in Kota on Tuesday for playing the film’s trailer.

MNS supports Padmavati

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has come out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati, saying that protesting against a film without watching it was unacceptable.

“There are still 15 days left for the release of the film. There are some political parties opposing it. It does not make sense to protest without watching what the film contains. We will watch it and if there is anything unacceptable we will discuss it with the director to find a solution,” Ameya Khopkar, MNS Chitrapat Karmachari Sena president, said.

There have been protests against the film by groups who have claimed that the film has distorted facts of history. On Wednesday, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena called for a nationwide bandh on December 1. In Maharashtra, BJP MLA Raj Purohit had also spoken out against the film.

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  1. G
    Nov 16, 2017 at 11:27 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 items, or plots or scenes that will be prejudicial to a religion or community or caste. Then the fringe takes 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 this b of film-maker laughs all the way to bank. In this regard, nam
    1. S
      Sultan Ahmed
      Nov 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm
      The problem is if you make antimuslim movie - muslims's sentiments will be hurt, same way an anti christian movie- christian sentiments hurt like wise, buddhism etc. so rajputs or a community feel hurt- why should you not give consideration to them specifically if its not accurate history? Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh are all about vulgarity, show biz and hypocrisy. You encourage such movies and then these stars show tantrum on you as though they are your gods. Its not Mughale azam or Pakeezah. Be wise do not give the movie so much importance. More importantly I believe this is SLB's doing to create controversy so more people can watch the movie.
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        1. R
          Nov 16, 2017 at 9:36 am
          MESSAGE TO MUSLIMS---------For you journey from HINDUISM TO CONVERSION have been VERY PAINFUL , when concept of islam and allah were created in 7th century in arab, it used violence to convert people of nearby areas…......…and when those arab terrorist started attacking India, wherever they found people living peacefully, they brutalized them and forcibly converted them........, some notorious examples are somnath temple attack and conversions, taimur, khilji and aurangjeb torture and conversions………all these terrorists employed most brutal methods like torture, rape, kidnapping, killing on ur families to convert…..…Hindus who had weapons, fought back and saved as many as possible from conversion......Now you MUST PLEASE QUESTION YOURSELF that is it right to praise and defend the same terrorists who brutalized ur ancestors for conversion??? people are HINDUS BY GENEALOGY, a few generations ago all of YOU WERE HINDUS living happy lives before those terrorrists ruined it.....thanks
          1. B
            Nov 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm
            This is not true,all Muslims are not bad, OK.Read Quran translated in English and u will know what is Islam in this whole universe.This moghuls rulers came ruled like other rulers ,don't blame Islam religion for that,its a pure religion and god made religion.....
            1. S
              Nov 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm
              Bano ji, i didnt find anything in above comment saying muslims are bad....
            2. A
              Nov 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm
              kis rss waale ki kitaab me padha hai tune ye sab
              1. S
                Nov 16, 2017 at 3:49 pm
                rss ki kya jarurat hai isme......its a fact which everbody knows including you.....but you are deliberatily behaving like an ostrich, burring head in sand and dont want to accept THE REALITY....
            3. P
              Nov 16, 2017 at 9:29 am
              Best would be to boycott the movie. Let no one watch it. Let the producer suffer losses. Khilji and others during his time committed mass rapes by kidnapping women and raping them in Harems. It was exactly what has been done by ISIS more recently. These rapes were committed on non-muslim women after killing their men To save themselves from this misfortune, many ladies in Ancient India, especially of royal background started committing Johar.
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