Padmavati: Sanjay Leela Bhansali gives in, group demands review of film before release

Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali seems to have given in to the demands of the group that attacked him on the sets of his upcoming film Padmavati in Jaipur and assured history will not be distorted in the film. He has assured that the film will not not have any romantic or objectionable scenes between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji’s character. However, the group has demanded a review of the film before its release and change of the film’s title. Bhansali’s company is yet to comment on these demands.

In a tweet, Giriraj Singh of Rajput Sabha said, “They (Bhansali Prod.) have agreed there will be no intimate scene between Padmavati &Alauddin Khilji in any form. Demand to form a screening committee before the release of the movie is still to be fulfilled.”

Even as protests continue in Rajasthan over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati days after the filmmaker was assaulted in Jaipur by Karni Sena activists, the makers of the film have reiterated that there is no romantic dream sequence or any objectionable or romantic scene between Padmavati (played by Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (played by Ranveer Singh) in the film.

The Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha staged a protest in Dhaulpur area of Rajasthan on Monday against Bhansali and his upcoming film. Earlier, the Karni Sena claimed that Padmini was a proud queen known for taking her own life rather than submitting herself to Alauddin Khilji, the emperor who attacked the Chittorgarh Fort. They demanded that Bhansali should delete such scenes in the film if any.

In a tweet by ANI, the agency wrote, “Bhansali Productions clarify that there is no romantic dream sequence or any objectionable/romantic scene b/w Padmavati & Alauddin Khilji. We don’t want to hurt any sentiments, would appreciate if all social orgs support us in making this film.”

Meanwhile,  a BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh on January 30 announced a reward of Rs 10,000 to anyone who would hit the film’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali with a shoe, according to India Today reports. This outrageous announcement was made by Akhilesh Khandelwal who is also the chairman of a civic body in Madhya Pradesh. The reward has been announced per hit to Bhansali for distorting the historical facts on Padmavati.

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