'Padmavati' controversy: Protests in Gujarat, Maharashtra

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Reacting to the wide spread protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, union minister and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said if people do not like the film, they should let it be.

"The protestors from Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, pelted stones and broke windowpanes, gates and the ticket counter and also damaged some office furniture between 3.30 p.m. and 4 p.m.at the theatre in Akash Mall", Anand Yadav, Circle Incharge of Gumanpura police station, told IANS on phone. Slogans praising the Karni Sena can also be heard being chanted by the members. "If they take law in their hands, then they will be punishable under law".

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie found itself in the line of fire for its rumoured distortion of historical facts. But the makers of Padmavati said that they can do that only after it is granted a certificate by the censor board.

Bhansali and his team have repeatedly assured that there are no romantic scenes between Rani Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone, and Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh. 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.

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A Rajput outfit on Monday warned that it would not allow upcoming Hindi film "Padmavati" to be screened in Karnataka, claiming that the film distorted historical facts and portrayed royal characters of yore in a poor light.

On the other side, the director has been claiming that there is no such scene that would hurt anyone's sentiments. Mr. Abdul Salam Sankhla, one of the leaders of Muslim maha sabha also said that this will destroy the communal harmony in the state of Rajasthan and in India as well so this film must be banned to maintain the communal peace and harmony.

As the film is slated to hit the screens on December 1, the controversy around it is only intensifying with both the sides refusing to budge.

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