Show Us ‘Padmavati’ or We Burn Cinema Halls: Jai Rajputana Sangh

Jai Rajputana Sangh is threatening to burn cinema halls if Bhansali does not hold a screening of Padmavati.

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Deepika Padukone in a still from <i>Padmavati</i>.&nbsp;

Jai Rajputana Sangh is threatening to burn cinema halls if Sanjay Leela Bhansali does not hold a special screening of Padmavati for them.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, the members of the Jai Rajputana Sangh on Saturday held a meeting with the management of cinema halls and multiplexes in Jaipur and discussed the screening of the film.

“We won’t tolerate any distortion of history and if any romantic relationship is shown between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, we will burn cinema halls screening the film,” said Bhanwar Singh Reta, founder, Jai Rajputana Sangh on Sunday.

“Our members are trained in handling a large array of weapons ranging from swords to AK 47 guns. We won’t let anyone dishonour Padmavati and insult the people of Rajasthan,” said Reta.

According to the HT report, Reta who heads a 2.65 lakh member Sangh, boasts a degree in MBA. Reta has apparently warned cinema hall owners in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as well.

Our demand is that the filmmakers screen it to a panel of representatives from various Rajput organizations. We will only give them a go-ahead to release the film after we are satisfied that no scene insults queen Padmavati.
Bhanwar Singh Reta, Member of Jai Rajputana Sangh

This is not the first time Padmavati has been in trouble because of its titular character. Karni Sena had beaten up Sanjay Leela Bhansali and also vandalised his sets when the filming began.

Padmavati releases on 1 December.

Source: Hindustan Times

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