- Navneel Maji
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest movie, Padmaavat, has been in the controversy ever since it first came. The movie was supposed to hit the theatres in December last year. However, by staunch protest against the film by Karni Sena, a Hindu-Right wing group proclaimed to represent the Rajput community. The allegations were: a) The movie showed the Rani – raised to the level of Goddess – Padmini or Padmaavati under wrong light b) The movie had rumours that there was a dream sequence between Rani and antagonist, Allahuddin Khilji and mis-presentations of historical facts.
It was arguable whether it was right to presume all of that given the protesters did not even see the movie. The movie was since released on January 25, despite the horrific threats being made by the Sena against the director and lead actress, Deepika Padukone (they were threatened to cut their throats of the body and cut off their nose). Though despite the Supreme Court Order of releasing the film, the many movie theatres did not let the film run from the fear of the fringe-groups in major states – Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, and M.P.
This did not end with it. Very recently, there were rumours of the withdrawal of protest from the Sena after there was some video being circulated in social-media about it. However, Vishwa Bandhu Singh Rathore, the Chief Secretary of Rajput Karni Sena, who was the person who slapped S.L Bhansali at the time of making on the sets in Rajasthan, spoke to the Mirror and clarified that the protest still holds. The film had hurt their religious and cultural sentiments and they would not allow the film to release.
They also clarified regarding the video about the Sukhdev Singh Gogamadi, Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena’s president, making the withdrawal of protest sayings that he was a criminal with rape charges on his head and is self-declared ‘Karni Sainik.’ He started that dummy group with Rashtriya attached to it. The fact is that it has become so easy to get political mileage in the society if someone uses the name representing the right-wing group in the country. Despite this whole conundrum and drama, the movie is doing going at the box-office – so far making 169 crore nett.