The controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s mega movie `Padmavati’ refuses to die with the royal family of Jaipur jumping on to the bandwagon.
In a statement issued in Jaipur, Ms Diya Kumari of the Jaipur royal family and a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA said that if the movie distorts historical facts, it would not be allowed to be released.
Ms Diya Kumari said that no film should hurt the sentiments of a community by twisting historical facts. The director of the film Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not wrongly depict the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittor. He should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release the film, the statement said.
She further added that the Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians. If movie does not display authentic history or takes any liberties, it will not be allowed to be released.
The movie is set for released on 1 December, 2017 but is facing stiff resistance from Rajput groups who allege that the Director had distorted historical facts. In fact, the movie had faced trouble while shooting in Jaipur but the matter had been settled after an agreement between Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the protestors under which Bhansali had assured to drop the scenes which had angered the community.
However, the Rajput groups and some self-styled organizations have threatened to stall the release as they allege that the movie should be shown to historians before the release to ensure that it did not hurt their sentiments.
The protestors have already said they would not allow the movie to be released in Rajasthan and Gujarat. And, with the backing of the royal family, the protest will get a boost.
Historically, it is said Padmavati was stunningly beautiful queen of Chittor who committed `jauhar’ to save her honour when her husband Rattan Singh lost to Allaudin Khilji, the most powerful emperor of Khilji dynasty.