The right-wing group Karni Sena has now withdrawn its demands seeking change of name of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. The group who stalled the shooting last week, held a press conference along with the makers of Padmavati earlier today. In the conference, Shobha Pant, the CEO of Bhansali productions stated the film didn’t distort facts. During the interaction, members of the group demanded a change in the film’s title citing that the current name would offend them.
However, the latest development suggests that the group has withdrawn from their demands. This points out that they might not disrupt filming, more than they have already done.
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The actions of Karni Sena on the sets of Padmavati enraged many members of the film fraternity. Almost everyone said such a hooliganism where they slapped Sanjay Leela Bhansali and pulled off his hair was simply unacceptable. The outfit alleged SLB changed facts in his movie and depicted a sequence in which Rani Padmini dreamt of romancing Alauddin Khilji. To these allegations of Karni Sena, Bollywood celebs said if they disagreed they should have taken it to the court. Film stars strongly condemned this and asked the government to intervene. Likes of Rishi Kapoor, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Sonam Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and the star cast of Padmavati Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh stood by SLB’s side.
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In fact, The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. also wrote to Information and Broadcasting Ministry requesting the government to intervene in the matter. After this Venkiah Naidu strongly condemned the attack and also called Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje to look into the matter.