After multiple violent protests, deaths, and vandalising properties across the nation, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Friday announced their decision to withdraw ongoing protests against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’, by stating that the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs. According to IANS, Karni Sena's Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar said that a few members watched the movie in Mumbai on Friday, as per the directions of organisation's national President Sukhdev Singh Gogamadi. They found that that the movie not only glorifies the valour and sacrifice of Rajput, but every Rajput will be feeling proud after watching the film.
Declaring that the Karni Sena is taking back their protest in the letter he added that there is no such objectionable scene between Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji and Queen Padmini of Mewar which hurts the sentiments of Rajputs. He also mentioned that his sena will now help the administration to release the film in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as well as across all the cinema halls in India.
‘Padmaavat’ stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her on-screen husband Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji. The Karni Sena had been demanding a ban on the period drama on the grounds that it "distorts" historical facts and projects queen Padmini in poor light. However, Bhansali had mentioned time and again that none of these claims are true. Last month, Supreme Court too lifted the ban on the movie imposed by several states and directed them to ensure its smooth release. The film was subject to multiple of cuts and modification as per the censor board’s orders and the makers were asked to change the title to Padmaavat from the previous Padmavati.
Padmaavat was initially scheduled to hit the screens on December 1, 2017. However, the film finally released in theatres across the country on January 25 amidst tight security and protest from various fringe groups, including Karni Sena themselves. Some theatre owners opted not to screen the film in the wake of protests being carried allegedly by Karni Sena members in Gujarat and Haryana. Since its release, ‘Padmaavat' has met with brilliant business at the box office in India and overseas.