Maharashtra, Karnataka Govts Promise Security for ‘Padmavati’

Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ gets support from Maharashtra and Karnataka governments. 

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Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji and Deepika Padukone is Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film. 

When the UP government asked the Centre to defer the release of Bhansali’s controversial period drama, Padmavati over its concern for the possible law and order disruption in the state, the Centre declined to intervene. It put the onus on the district administration and State police. In a contradictory stand, Maharashtra government has offered to provide security to theatres in the aftermath of protests against the film.

Minister of State for Home, Ranjit Patil, said that they have already deployed security for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and are in the process of security assessment for Deepika Padukone, essaying the role of the titular Rani Padmavati. She was recently the target of threats from fringe groups. Shri Rajput Karni Sena attempted to browbeat Deepika with a threat to chop off her nose.

In protest against the film, entry to the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was closed on Friday and tourists were asked to go back. "We have closed the first gate known as Padan Pol gate since 10 a.m. We are not allowing anyone to enter the fort. It is a peaceful protest and will continue till 6 p.m.," member of Sarv Samaj Protest Committee Ranjit Singh told IANS.

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He also told the PTI that they have received communication from the Rajput community stating objections to the " distorted content" of the film and are devising the plan of action in this regard.

A huge demonstration rally was held in Bengaluru by Rajput community members against the film, alleging that the legendary 13th century queen of Chittor was depicted in poor light. During the zero hour in Karnataka Legislative Council, BJP MLC Leher Singh addressed the rampant protests in different parts of the country including Bengaluru and urged the state government to ban it. Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy put aside the demand and guaranteed adequate security in the wake of possible unrest following the release of Padmavati. He added that the ultimate decision on the content will be that of the CBFC.

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Source: The Deccan Chronicle

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