"Necessary changes should be made, so that the sentiments of any community are not affected," the CM wrote.

Rajasthan CM wants necessary changes made to Padmavati before release
news Controversy Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 09:12

Amidst growing protest over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie "Padmavati", Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday wrote to the Centre seeking "necessary changes" in the movie before its release, so that "sentiments of any community are not hurt".

In a letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, the Chief Minister said: "A committee of eminent historians, film personalities and members from the aggrieved community should be formed, who would watch the film and discuss it in detail.

"After that, necessary changes should be made to the movie so that the sentiments of any community are not affected."

In the letter, she also requested that the Central Board of Film Certification should consider all possible outcomes and effects before certifying the film.

Meanwhile, protesters blocked entry to the Kumbhalgarh fort in Rajsamand on Saturday while protests were witnessed in some other towns and cities of Rajasthan as well.

"Hundreds of protesters on Saturday blocked entry for a few hours to Kumbhalgarh Fort. It was a peaceful protest and no untoward incident was reported," SHO Kelwara Yogesh Chauhan told IANS on phone.

Protesters shouted slogans against Bhansali and in speech after speech demanded a ban on the movie. They said they will send memorandums to the President of India and Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting requesting a ban on "Padmavati".

Police had taken measures to deal with any untoward incident.

In January, activists of the Karni Sena had manhandled the crew of "Padmavati" in Jaipur, claiming that Bhansali was "distorting" historical facts in the movie.

They had also damaged some cameras and other equipment. Bhansali had to stop shooting.

"They are trying to defame queen Padmavati by distorting historical facts. It is not acceptable," an activist of the Karni Sena said.

In March, some miscreants broke the mirrors at the Padmini Mahal in Chittorgarh Fort where Alauddin Khilji is alleged to have seen Rani Padmavati or Padmini's reflection.

The Karni Sena claimed that the mirror story was invented years later. None of them have seen the film, that they are protesting.

Earlier this week in an interview to IANS, Deepika said: "The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film."


IANS Inputs

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