Padmavati to Padmaavat: How a Bollywood movie got caught in a political storm

Jan 25, 2018, 17:15 IST
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    Padmavati is based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540. In the movie, the role is being played by Deepika Padukone

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    The role of Alauddin Khilji has been played by Ranveer Singh. Ranveer has in the movie played the role of Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan obsessed with legendary 13th-century queen of Chittor Rani Padmavati. The controversy started after rumours of a romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji's characters were flouted

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    Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in a video appeal earlier this month, had stated that there was no such sequence in the movie and he was careful in depicting the "Rajput honour and dignity". Historians are divided on whether Rani Padmavati even existed but irate Rajput groups have called the film an insult to their honour

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    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. The Karni Sena claims that the mirror story was invented years later

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    In January 2017, activists of a local organisation demonstrated against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati', which is being shot in Jaipur, for allegedly distorting historical facts. Members of Karni Sena stalled the shooting of film at the Jaigarh fort.

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    Lokendra Singh Kalvi of Karni Sena didn't offer any apology when contacted by mid-day. "Why would one say sorry? Do you know what happened when my representatives went on the set? Bhansali's men started firing in the air and pushed people around."

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    The fringe group alleged that the director was distorting historical facts and portraying Rani Padmini of Chittor, after whom the legend of Padmavati is based, as a person of questionable character.

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    "His (Bhansali's) team had on January 30 had assured us in writing that he will pre-screen the trailer and the movie and take the Rajput organisations into confidence before releasing it. But he did not did do so," Lokendrasingh Kalvi said

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    The row over filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansalis "Padmavati" intensified on Thursday after a Shri Rajput Karni Sena member threatened to chop off actress Deepika Padukones nose amid a call for "Bharat Bandh" (shutdown) on December 1 when the film is slated for pan-India release

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    Shahid Kapoor plays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh who is Padmavati's husband

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    Padmavati' is based on folklore that 14th-century ruler Alauddin Khilji fell in love with Padmini, the queen of Chittor and wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh. Choosing honour over a life in Delhi, Padmini and the other women of Chittor killed themselves by leaping into a fire – a practice called 'Jauhar'

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    A Chhatisgarh royal says filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali must show 'Padmavati' to the Rajput organisations as the film is related to history, and has slammed the way the movie has a song depicting a Rajput queen doing the 'ghoomar' dance. Heena Singh Judeo, daughter-in-law of Dilip Singh Judeo of Chhattisgarh's erstwhile royal family, said, "Our only demand is that the filmmaker should show us what the movie is, because it is related to the history."

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    Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mumbai Ram Kadam, who questioned why the film was screened before obtaining Censor Board clearance, questioned the expertise of some of the mediapersons who have been praising it and trying to create a confusion. Kadam, who heads one of the unions in the film industry, warned that in future, Bhansali would be boycotted and not allowed to make a single film if he took the community for granted

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    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, said, "Anything that is historical event... no one will object. But here they are distorting history. I have also gone to Chittor and returned and seen all things there... So, this is distortion of history and no one will accept it. And if communities are objecting to it then it is their right to object

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    Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on November 10 termed as 'unfortunate' the political remarks concerning the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" and said the allegations against it 'were outlandish'. "This is a kind of outlandish wild allegations made about a movie which has not yet gone through the censor board. That means every movie before it is cleared or rejected by censor board, will be cleared or rejected by us. All of us will become censor board commitees. I think we have to have a sense of responsibility," said Singhvi

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    Lokendrasingh Kalvi said that Madhya Pradesh has already banned the film, now a similar ban must be ordered all over India as it's a slur on the community and historical facts. Kalvi said that in the past, Bhansali had given a written commitment to the Rajput community that he would first show it to them before its release for the general audiences, but he has gone back on his word

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    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, meanwhile, criticised the protests over the upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, alleging there was a 'calculated plan' of a political party to destroy freedom of expression, calling it 'super emergency'. The TMC supremo did not name any party.

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    Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu, a ruling BJP leader in Haryana annopunced a Rs 10-crore reward for beheading Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and film actress Deepika Padukone over their movie 'Padmavati'. Ammu, chief media coordinator of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, said he gave the statement as a 'Rajput' and not as an office-bearer of the party.

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    Standing firmly with Bollywood, the Maharashtra government assured security to theatres which screen "Padmavati", the upcoming epic period drama by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali that has come under attack from critics

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    Shersinh Rana, chief of 'Padmavati film protest committee, addresses a press conference for announce further protest plan against the film in Ahmedabad

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    The Congress on November 20 said that if the Rajputs had reservations on the 'Padmavati' film, it was the Narendrra Modi government's responsibility to consult with the community to resolve their grievances

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    The proposed release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" has been deferred, the makers of the film. In a statement, a spokesperson of Viacom18 Motion Pictures said it had taken the decision 'voluntarily'. "Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind 'Padmavati', has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1, 2017

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    The Shri Rajput Karni Sena on November 19 said that it wanted a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' and claimed underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's money was invested in the film. "We have heard the movie's release date (December 1) has been postponed. We will be on the streets as soon as a new release date is announced. All we want is a complete ban on the film," Sena's patron-founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi.

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    At inaugural function of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) near Panaji, Prasoon Joshi said, "We are trying to follow processes. Instead of arguments, attempts are being made to have a dialogue on the issue."

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    Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his reported 'maharaja' comments amidst a row over period drama 'Padmavati'. Tharoor, reportedly said the 'so called valourous maharajas' had scurried to accommodate themselves when the British "trampled" over their honour and were now after a filmmaker, claiming that prestige was at stake

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    Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced in Bhopal after a meeting with Rajput groups that the film has 'distorted history' and thus cannot be allowed for 'release' in his state. "If historical facts are distorted, and if anything is shown or said in the movie against the respect of the country's mother Padmavatiji, then that movie cannot be allowed to release in the land of Madhya Pradesh," Chouhan said, eliciting a rousing applause from the audience. And I am saying this because people of the country and Madhya Pradesh cannot accept disrespect of their pride. The insult will not be tolerated," Chouhan said

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    BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday slammed actress Deepika Padukone for giving a 'lecture on regression'."Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective," Swamy tweeted

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    The Supreme Court on November 20 dismissed a petition seeking the deletion of certain 'objectionable' scenes from Bollywood movie 'Padmavati', terming it 'premature', even as the controversy over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama raged on.

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    In a new twist to the 'Padmavati' row, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has spoken to Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his upcoming film, a top party official said. Thackeray's conversation with Bhansali came during a meeting with some top Rajput community leaders who called on the Sena chief, seeking his intervention in the matter

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    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"

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    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"

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    On January 19, the Supreme Court paved the way for an all-India release for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' on January 25 by staying the operation of orders banning the release of the film by the Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana governments. The film industry hailed the decision

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    In january 2018, women from the Jauhar Kshatriya Manch have threatened to perform 'jauhar' or mass self-immolation on January 24 upon the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial film 'Padmaavat'. Equating Bhansali to Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a member of this committee said this was their 'last resort' to protect their heritage and dignity of Rani Padmini

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    On January 11, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmavati was been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and as per the modifications that were recommended by the board, the producers have officially changed the title of the Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer to Padmaavat. CBFC recommended five modifications in the flick to avoid more controversy, the change of the movie-title being one of them

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Bollywood movie 'Padmavati' now titled 'Padmaavat' has been embroiled in controversy ever since a year. Now that the movie has finally released, here's a round-up of the controversy and events that followed

 

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