BJP, Congress demand 'ban' on 'Padmavati' ahead of Gujarat elections

Paramount to Release Bollywood Epic 'Padmavati' in US, Globally Outside India

Ever since Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmavati has gone on floors, it has been the butt of all controversies exclusively because certain Rajput organizations feel that Bhansali will misrepresent historical facts and unlike as per the ancient writings, he will show a romantic sequence between Rani Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, exclusively because these characters are being played by a real-life couple.

On the issue, Gujarat BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja said that the party had received several written concerns from the Kshatriya community about "distortion of historical facts" in the film.

As expected, the party has denied the allegation that it is raising the issue because of the upcoming elections in Rajasthan. The movie is set to be released early in December while Gujarat elections are scheduled on December 9 and 14 respectively.

Senior Congress leader and also a chief ministerial hopeful, Shaktisinh Gohil echoed views that were strikingly similar to his political rival though he did seek to put the BJP in a spot too.

This while, Maharashtra Tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal demanded a ban on the film as the movie could hurt the sentiments of the Rajput community and cause unrest in the state. The Congress leader added: "Postponing the release of the movie will not assuage the feelings of a community".

"We demand a ban on the release of the film". Ever since the film was announced, it has been submerged in one controversy or another.

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The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing flak from various communal groups.

The character of Rani Padmavati was a creation of the 16 Century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi who is known for his epic poem Padmavat.

Padmavati is reportedly based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh.

Yet, the theatrical revival of the legend of Padmavati has caused a flutter in India today, leaving radical Hindu and Kshatriya groups riled.

In January, activists of a Rajput organisation, Shi Rajput Karni Sena had protested, manhandled and misbehaved with the crew of "Padmavati" claiming that Bhansali was distorting historical facts in the movie.

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