Bhansali Invites Karni Sena To Padmaavat Screening
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” has been in the news throughout the last three months and mostly for the wrong reasons. The period drama has made headlines once again as Shri Rajput Karni Sena founder, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, said that the director has sent an invitation to all the Rajput Associations to watch the movie.
He said that the letter was nothing more than a publicity stunt by Bhansali as he sent them the invitation only after the release date for the movie has been fixed and encouraged the country’s Prime Minister to stop the film from releasing.
He said that the ban should be done under ‘Section 6 of the Cinematography Act’ and claimed that over 1,900 Kshatriya females have nominated themselves to perform jauhar in Chittorgarh if the movie hits theatres.
The invitation letter stated that the Rajput community had a misunderstanding regarding the film and Queen Padmavati has been honored and dignified throughout the movie. It also denied rumors of there being a dream sequence between Khilji and Padmavati and assured that the movie upholds the pride of the Rajputs in every possible way.
The Karni Sena Leader, however, said that the movie was shown to only three of the nine historians selected by them to vet the movie and wanted it to be shown to the remaining historians and their feedback for the same be considered. He added that the advice of the three historians on the movie was ignored by the filmmakers, which was disrespectful to them, saying that the only remaining choice was to ban the movie.
The Rajput organizations have made life miserable for the makers of ‘Padmaavat’, vandalizing their sets and making death threats to Deepika Padukone and Mr. Bhansali. The film was under much scrutiny and its release was halted before the CBFC cleared it with a change of name as the makers said that the movie was based on the legendary poem by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The film is set to hit theatres on January 25, 2018.