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Royal family backs Karni Sena

Days after the royal family of Jaipur firmly stood behind the Shri Rajput Karni Sena that had stalled the shooting of Bollywood movie `Padmavati’ at the historic Jaigarh Fort last month, makers of the movie have announced that there would be no scenes between Rani padmini and Allauddin Khilji now.

This was indicated by the Padmavati team in a series of tweets. “”Anyone working on #Padmavati will confirm that there NEVER was any scene or dream between #RaniPadmavati and #AlauddinKhilji @ShobhaIyerSant.’’ The team also tweeted, “”Repeating. #SanjayLeelaBhansali revers #ARaniPadmavati and will NEVER do anything to hurt #Rajput sentiments. Do not believe otherwise.’’ In the film, Rani Padmini is being played by Deepika Paudukone and Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji.  

Activists of the little-known Karni Sena had disrupted the shooting of `Padmini’ in Jaigarh Fort and roughed up the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali alleging that the movie had attempted to distort history by suggesting that Padmini had an affair with Allaudin Khilji.

Just last week, in a statement, Rajmata Padmini Devi of Jaipur has said that “anyone attempting to distort the heritage or the history will not be tolerated at any cost. Jaipur royal family stands with Shri Rajput Karni Sena and other such national organizations which want to keep alive the rich and proud history of Rajasthan’’. The statement further added that shooting for films, serials and advertisements take place frequently in the different historic palaces belonging to Jaipur royal family on a regular basis. To take care of such shootings and to take necessary permissions in this regard, the Jaipur royal family has setup a separate Department. This Department did not provide full information to the royal family relating to the film ‘Padmawati’ and gave permission to shoot it. When it came to the knowledge of the royal family, disciplinary action is being taken against the erring officials of the Department, it said.  

Jaipur royal family stands committed to protect the proud history of Rajasthan. Anyone attempting to twist or change the history of Rajasthan will not be tolerated. In future before any such shootings take place in the historic monuments of the royal family, the narration of the entire story will be thoroughly checked, Rajmata Padmini Devi said.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali had subsequently suspended the shooting and left for Mumbai with the team while refusing to make changes in the film as sought by the Karni Sena.”

By TIS Staffer
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