Anti-Padmavati protests hit Bengaluru

“If they play with Hindu sentiment, it’s not just theatres that will be burnt down,” threatened one protester

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Bengaluru: Hundreds of Rajput and Hindu group activists gathered in Bengaluru’s Town Hall and marched towards Freedom Park here on Wednesday, opposing the release of upcoming Bollywood film Padmavati.

The ‘Rashtriya Rajput Karnika Sena’ spearheaded the ‘Swabhiman Abhiyan’. They had called for an outright ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’.  They claim that the biopic has distorted facts.

They shouted slogans against the film and the filmmaker and threatened violence if the film is allowed to release. The biopic starring Deepika Padukone, who portrays the role of the 13th-century Rajput queen, is scheduled to hit the screens across the country on December 1.

Various organisations including Rajput Samaj Karnataka, Akhil Bharatiya Ekta Manch, Maharana Pratap Navayuvak Mandal, Rajput Parishad, Rajput Sabha, Kshatriya Mahasabha, Yuva Hindu Vahini were part of the protests.

“The program was very successful. There was a huge turnout from nationalist groups. If they play with Hindu sentiment, it’s not just theatres that will be burnt down,” threatened Shashikant Sharma of the Hindu Yuva Vahini.

On November 11, the Supreme Court had refused to admit a petition demanding a ban on the film. A bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had observed that the court cannot interfere in the matter as the CBFC was yet to certify the film.
The Rajasthan Women’s Commission has approached the Central Board of Film Certification to check if any historical fact has been distorted.

Incidentally, Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor had tweeted saying this controversy “is an opportunity to focus on the conditions of Rajasthani women today &not just of queens six centuries ago as the state’s female literacy policy is among lowest ”

The set of the movie was attacked twice. Recently there have been protests in many parts of north and western India witnessed protests against Padmavati

Source: TNM

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