Padmavati is facing flak even before it is released. The period drama has been facing protests from various groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly distorting historical facts. Arjun Gupta, a BJP member, has come out strongly against Sanjay Leela Bhansali saying he ought to be tried for ‘treason’. He has written a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the matter.
“I have written a letter to Home Minister that Sanjay Leela Bhansali be tried for treason & strict action be taken against him. If this is not done, he will continue making such films: Arjun Gupta, CBFC #Padmavati,” ANI quoted Gupta in a tweet.
Earlier in a demonstration against the film in Rajasthan, a senior Rajasthan politician from BJP had also said that if the film has any objectionable sequences then the film will release only after cutting those scenes. He had said, “In case there are any scenes that hurt the sentiments of the public, they will be removed only then will the film be released,” he said. “We will speak to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the issue. The dignity of Rani Padmini will not be put at stake under any circumstances.”
However, the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Wednesday had cleared the air over the rumoured romantic scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji in his magnum opus Padmavati, saying there was no such sequence in the film.
I have written a letter to Home Minister that Sanjay Leela Bhansali be tried for treason & strict action be taken against him. If this is not done he will continue making such films: Arjun Gupta, CBFC #Padmavati pic.twitter.com/Iiw8WZHL7R
— ANI (@ANI) November 9, 2017
In a video, released by Viacom 18, the director said, “This movie embroiled into so many controversies because of some rumour. Rumour is this, in the movie a dream scene has been filmed between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. I have already rejected this claim and also given a written proof of this. Today again, I am reiterating through this video that in our movie there is no such scene between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, which would hurt the sentiments of anyone.”