Trouble refuses to cease for the much awaited movie of the year. Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is now facing hurdles with the distributors of the film refusing to release the film in Rajasthan.
The distributors have said that if the film hurts the sentiments of people due to the distortion of historical facts they will not pick up its distribution rights. Raj Bansal, a leading film distributor said on Monday, "Let the Shri Rajput Karni Sena and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali reach an amicable solution. We will buy the distribution rights only after that.” Other film distributors too echoed Bansal's sentiments.
“As of now, no distributor has been appointed in Rajasthan, but we also own cinema halls in Jaipur and are eager to screen Padmavati, but there are threats and every day we get pamphlets warning us to not screen the film. Naturally, we are cautious and would like the local administration to give us police protection so that the film gets screened in our cinema halls. If we don’t get proper police protection and if there are more problems, we will need to think about screening the film,” he further added.
It is speculated that the insurance sum for Padmavati is in excess of Rs 160 crore, but the distribution cover sum insured is yet to be declared. Sumant Salian of Alliance Insurance says, “There is a policy, which covers loss of ticketing revenue due to riots, strike, malicious damage.”
But according to the distributors their property is insured, but there is no cover in case there is a loss of revenue due to rioting. “Exhibitors will not take the risk of showing a film if there is a threat or possibility of rioting as it seems likely in the case of Padmavati. Damage to their properties can prove to be very expensive if enough police protection is not made available. As of today, there are three states where protests against the films are gaining momentum.”
On the contrary, State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria recently came out in support of the film and said that it would be released at any cost and, if need be, with police protection.
The Karni Sena members, however, said they will also write to exhibitors in 'blood' not to screen the film.