The ruling BJP is seeking a delay in the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s, Padmavati. It is citing hurt sentiments of the Kshatriya community, and to lessen tensions ahead of the Gujarat elections. BJP state vice-president and Kshatriya leader IK Jadeja said on Wednesday that the party wrote to the Election Commission, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the centre seeking to stop the release. “We are writing to the ECI, CBFC and the Centre, seeking to stop the film’s release for a temporary period till the issue is resolved,” he said, according to reports.
The issue lies with the alleged plot point in the film, which shows a romantic angle between Padmavati (played by Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Played by Ranveer Singh). The Kshatriya community has voiced their reservation with this portrayal, citing factual inaccuracy.
The film has been on the receiving end of violent protests in the past. The film’s set was even burned down.
This comes days after Gujarat politician, Shankersinh Vaghela announced his desire to view the film ahead of its scheduled December 1 release. The BJ has also expressed a similar demand. Jadeja said that the party would like the Election Commission “to arrange for a pre-release viewing of the film by select Rajput representatives to alleviate their raised tempers and provide fair opportunity to prevent unnecessary tension ahead of polls”.
According to a Times of India report, Manubhai Patel, president of Multiplex Owners’ Association - Gujarat (MOAG) was quoted as saying, that he has received a letter from Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena. “There is still a month to the release of the film and such disputes are usually resolved. However, we don’t know what the outcome will be considering the upcoming elections in the state.”
Gujarat will hold elections on December 9 and 14.