'I see films as films,' Naqvi on Padmavati

BJP and Congress leaders both have accused director Sanjay Leela Bhansali of romanticising the relationship between Padmavati and Khilji in the 13th-14th century, rather than highlighting Padmini's sacrifice. Rajput community members belonging to the Karni Sena carried out massive protests in Gandhinagar and Surat on Sunday. Bhansali, was assaulted by the activists of a Rajput community group, the Karni Sena, during the shooting of the film in Jaipur in January this year.

They have objected to an alleged dream sequence between Ranveer Singh's Alauddin Khilji and Deepika Padukone's Rani Padmini, a claim Sanjay Leela Bhansali has repeatedly rubbished. We condemn such a heinous portrayal of our queen.

The minority affairs minister Naqvi said, the protestor should realise that it is just a movie.

. "We will go to every corner of the country to protest against it", Singh said. "Karni Sena will never allow such movie to hit the theatres", Rathod claimed, adding, "It is our clear warning that if this movie gets released on December 1, there will be violent protests and government will be responsible for the law and order situation". Any malice attempt to demean the sacrifice of the courageous women of Mewar will not be tolerated by the Rajput community and the Hindus at large, he added. But he is very much sure that the movie will show Rani Padmini as a very graceful lady. He also raised an objection over releasing the trailer of the film. Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone recently visited the Padmavathi Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The rally started from Vanita Vishram and ended at district collectorate on Athwalines road where the protesters handed over a memorandum to district collector Mahendra Patel.Local VHP leader Dinesh Navadia said, "We would not let this film to be released". The movie is scheduled to release on December 1.According to Mansinh Rathod, who is leading the Gujarat chapter of "Karni Sena", Bhansali has "distorted the historical facts in the movie".

Vanessa Coleman

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