Bhansali, Deepika equally responsible for Padmavati row: Yogi Adityanath

Lester Mason
November 21, 2017

Lashing out at the filmmaker, the CM said that Bhansali was "habitual of playing with public sentiments".

Mr Yogi, however, said no one has the right to take law into their own hands. "If announcing a bounty on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's head is wrong, then Bhansali is also wrong on his part", he said. "Those who have threatened Bhansali are guilty. but Bhansali too should not have hurt the sentiments of crores of people", he said.

Adityanath added that action will be taken against both fringe outfits and the filmmakers.

The Uttar Pradesh government has said it would not allow the movie's release till certain "controversial portions" are removed.

In a letter written to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the UP government said that the film's release might cause disruption in the state, as the counting of votes for municipal elections is also scheduled on the same date, along with the festival of Barawafat. "We support the fact that history should not be distorted in any way, but at the same time it looks like chief minister is trying to hide his failures by raising the Padmavati issue unnecessarily".

Slamming the ongoing protests against Bhansali's yet-to-be-released movie, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that it reflected the existence of the state of "super emergency" in the country.

However, India TV Editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma, after watching the movie, said that there was "not a single scene, dialogue or sequence in the film Padmavati that could hurt Rajasthani or Rajput pride". The Karni Sena alleges that the film, based on the legend of Rani Padmini or Padmavati, the queen of Chittorgarh, compromises on the honour of the Rajput queen.

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