The protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati continued to rock Rajasthan as the protestors are trying their level best to ban the film. While self-vigilante groups and parties are standing against the film for allegedly distorting the historical facts, Maharana Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur told India Today that he is ready to be a mediator between the protestors and the makers to calm the things, “I am ready to play mediator, people here will listen to me. But Bhansali needs to be ready to show his film to a small panel. I can help set it up. We need to end this madness.”
While the existence of Rani Padmini is still the mystery among many historians, Maharana Arvind Singh Mewar claimed that Rani Padmini was a living and breathing person. “You can’t question Rani Padmavati’s existence, you are questioning our existence then,” he said. Apart from Rajasthan, hundreds of supporters of various Rajput organisations in Bihar on Saturday staged protests against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, demanding a ban on his film Padmavati in the state. Protesters said the legendary queen of Chittor had been portrayed negatively in the film and that, they said, was done by money coming from gangsters based in Middle-East countries. (Also Read: Padmavati Row: Prasoon Joshi expresses disappointment with makers for treating the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience)
The lead actors of the film Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor along with the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali are given tight police security due to threats. Talking about the situation, Deepika Padukone had earlier said, “I have full faith in the judicial system of our country. I know no wrong will be done. As a woman, as an artiste, as someone who has worked and given two years of my life to this movie, I feel hurt, I feel angry, but I also think it is extremely funny that people are reacting like this to a film. I am feeling so many emotions at this point.’’
Padmavati is set to hit the screens on December 1.
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