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‘Bharat Bandh on Release Day’: Rajputs Protest Padmavati in Mumbai

Hundreds of protesters from several Rajput groups held demonstrations against Padmavati in Azad Maidan.

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Hundreds of protesters from several Rajput groups swept into Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Monday, 20 November, protesting against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati.

The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi, who reiterated that his organisation would not allow the movie to be released at any cost.

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I found out that the movie’s release has been postponed, but no matter what date is set for its release, we will call for a Bharat bandh on that very day.
Lokendra Singh Kalvi, chief, Karni Sena
Hundreds of protesters from several Rajput groups held demonstrations against Padmavati in Azad Maidan.
Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi led the protest held at Azad Maidan against the release of Padmavati.
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BJP MLAs Ram Kadam and Raj Purohit too joined the protest against the film.

Hundreds of protesters from several Rajput groups held demonstrations against Padmavati in Azad Maidan.
Rajput women holding anti-Padmavati placards.
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Bhansali has already screened the film for certain sections of the media. Why hasn’t he shown the film to the Rajputs?
Ram Kadam, BJP MLA
Hundreds of protesters from several Rajput groups held demonstrations against Padmavati in Azad Maidan.
The Karni Sena chief spearheading the protest. 
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Hundreds of protesters from several Rajput groups held demonstrations against Padmavati in Azad Maidan.
Protesters from various Rajput groups across the city made their way to the protest.
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Kadam added that they would not allow any other filmmaker to ‘alter’ history this way in then future.

Padmavati was to be release on 1 December initially. On Sunday, 19 November, Viacom18 announced its decision to postpone the release.

Also Read: Inside Story: Why Was Deepika Padukone’s ‘Padmavati’ Postponed?

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