Padmavati row: Karni Sena activists rampage through Kota theatre

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

Workers of the right-wing organisation stormed into Aakash Mall in Kota where the cinema hall was located, and vandalised it. A mall in Kota was vandalised by members of Karni Sena, just because the theatre there was playing the trailer of the film.

On Sunday, more than one lakh members of the Rajput community had held protests in Gujarat, led by the local chapters of the Karni Sena.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said eight people have been arrested for the attack.

They have been demanding a special screening of the movie to the representatives of the Rajput community before its release. Bhansali is continuously saying that he has taken care of Rajput's pride and emotions and there is nothing in this film which will disgrace them. The movie would not be allowed to release until it is pre-screened to them, the memorandum read. But the makers of Padmavati said that they can do that only after it is granted a certificate by the censor board.


The film, which stars Deepika Padukone as Padmavati, has triggered a massive controversy with various Rajput groups, including the Karni Sena, threatening to disrupt the screening of the movie, accusing Bhansali of "distorting" historical facts. "The film Padmavati is anti-Hindu and anti-national".

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie found itself in the line of fire for its rumoured distortion of historical facts. "And it needs to be told now", said Deepika, who plays the title role in Padmavati - Bhansali's professed tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rajput queen Rani Padmavati. "You can not just show anything in the name of a film", said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the president of the Rajput Karni Sena in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar.

As the film is slated to hit the screens on December 1, the controversy around it is only intensifying with both the sides refusing to budge.

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