New Delhi: Demanding a countrywide ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film ‘Padmaavat’, a youth in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan climbed a 350 feet tall mobile tower with a bottle of petrol today. Opposing the release of the film in theatres, the youth said that he will come down only when the Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer movie “Padmavat” will be banned across the country.
Earlier in the day, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan governments moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of the order lifting ban on screening of ‘Padmaavat’. Both state governments have said that they were empowered under the Cinematograph Act to stop exhibition of a movie on grounds of law and order. The apex court has taken up the matter for hearing the pleas on Tuesday. It is merely a coincident that both the states are ruled by the BJP.
On January 21, thousands of women brandishing swords took out a ‘Chetavani Rally’ (Warning March) in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh town to warn the authorities to stop the release of ‘Padmaavat’ movie or else be prepared for ‘jauhar’ by them. ‘Jauhar’ in Rajasthani parlance means mass suicide by women by consuming poison.
The semi- historic film had faced opposition from various quarters, including the Rajput community, who continue to allege that the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has distorted history and tarnished the image of the legendary Queen Padmini.
The movie, originally named Padmavati, was supposed to be released on December 1, 2017 but was held up because of the large-scale protests spearheaded by the Karni Sena. The CBFC recently cleared it after changing its name to Padmaavat.