The controversy around Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon. Last week the filmmaker was assaulted and slapped by the Rajput Karni Sena members, in Jaipur after which the shooting of the film had to be cancelled.
In no time, the whole incident became a national issue and the entire film industry came out in support of SLB. Not only people around India, but also our celebs called it ‘gundaraaj’ of the fringe group and demanded strict action against the troublemakers. Apparently, the group has problems with the way Rani Padmini of Chittor is being portrayed in the film.
Apparently, the group has problems with the way Rani Padmini of Chittor is being portrayed in the film. In fact, the founder of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi went ahead and in an interview with ANI said:
Under our nose, on land of Rajputs they tampered wth history of our ancestors. Would Bhansali dare to go to Germany and make a film on Hitler.
After getting immense support from the film fraternity and all the people from around India, SLB finally spoke about the whole issue. In an official statement, the filmmaker clarified that there are no objectionable scenes in the film that will hamper the image of Rani Padmavati.
The statement read:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shot two films in Jaipur and despite his love for Rajasthan, for the safety of his crew, we have decided to leave the city post the shocking incident where miscreants damaged property and misbehaved with the crew on the shoot of Padmavati. We clarify that there is no dream sequence or any objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. We have been carefully researching and making the film… The attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur. We are confident that Mewar will be proud of the film made on their revered queen. We do not want to hurt any sentiments and would appreciate if the local people support us in making this film and making their queen revered by the world.
Also, Senior Advocate KTS Tulsi of Supreme Court has offered his support to SBL and in an interview with ANI said:
Somebody seems to have misled the crowd. This is not how culture is preserved. Culture is preserved by tolerance and knowing that there is certain latitude that is enjoyed by artists.
Well, this clarification gives a loud and clear message to all such fringe groups that before getting violent, please check your facts thoroughly.