Politics behind Padmavati: What these CMs had to say

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had on Saturday written to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to ensure that "Padmavati" is not released without necessary changes to the film.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday said that the film would not be allowed to release in the state unless its "controversial portions were removed".

"If historical facts are distorted, and if anything is shown or said in the movie against the respect of the country's mother, Padmavatiji', then that movie can not be allowed for release in Madhya Pradesh", Chouhan said while addressing members of the Rajput community here at his residence.

"Padmavati", starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has been in controversy since its making.

While Sanjay Leela Bhansali has repeatedly clarified that no such scene exists in the film and that they've projected the bravery of the Rajput queen in the best possible manner, the unrest against the film's release continues to be on the rise. "We believe in freedom of speech and expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated", NDTV quoted him.

He further asserted the decision to prohibit the screening of Padmavati was taken keeping in mind the law and order situation in the poll-bound state.

The matter was taken up for consideration by the Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions after two BJP MPs from Rajasthan, CP Joshi and Om Birla, filed a plea regarding objectionable content in the movie. "It has asked them to submit a report before November 30", BJP leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who heads the panel, said. "As "Padmavati" becomes a burning controversy, people are asking why the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, most versatile Aamir Khan and most popular Shah Rukh Khan have no comments", Sinha tweeted. The film release has been delayed and the new date of the venture hitting the screens will be announced shortly. The first poster of the movie was released in October after which Rajput groups started alleging that the director had "distorted" historical facts.

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