The former royals of Jaipur have joined the opposition to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, Padmavati, that stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh and is scheduled to release on December 1. Divya Kumari, whose grandfather was the last ruler of Jaipur, aforesaid “The girls of Rajasthan are terribly upset with this film made on a queen who is the epitome of sacrifice.” Ms Kumari is a BJP law-maker in Rajasthan. The tilt around “Padmavati” is based on its depiction of the interaction between Rajput queen Padmini and Delhi ruler Alauddin Khilji, who was in love with her. The legend is that she set herself on fire to prevent him from capturing her. Mr Bhansali has rubbished all reports of a romantic sequence between Padmavati and Khilji in the film.
Here are the ten latest developments in this big story:
1 Our sentiments have been hurt,” aforementioned Ms Kumari in Jaipur today. “Rather than highlighting Padmini’s sacrifice, the film-maker has sought to highlight the romantic angle in this film,” she aforementioned asking that representatives of groups opposed to the film be allowed to preview the film and decide which scenes ought to be deleted.
2 Her mother, Padmini Devi, the former maharani of Jaipur, added “If all is well with the film, why don’t they show it to some representatives so there’ll be no problem, otherwise, naturally we’ll raise it to be banned.”
3 Those demanding a ban – and they include more than one BJP leader – say that Mr Bhansali has romanticized the relationship between Padmavati and Khilji in the 13th-14th century.
4 Mr Bhansali says his script and film don’t malign the queen or suggest a love story between her and Khilji. His film has value over 200 crores to make.
5 In January, he was attacked and his set was vandalised when the film was shooting at The Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur.
6 Recently, there have been protests by ladies Rajputs and others demanding that the film be banned. a massive demonstration was held against the film last week in Queen Padmini’s town of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan.
7 Union Minister Uma Bharti tweeted last week that the film-makers must engage with detractors and historians to resolve the dispute. “No non-sense with Indian woman’s pride – past, present or future,” she said.
8 Detractors say the film is based on a distorted version of events written by the court writer of Alauddin Khilji.
9 In Madhya Pradesh, a BJP parliamentarian, Chintamani Malviya, blogged on Facebook, “We won’t tolerate any distortion of our history.” He threatened violence, stating, “People like Bhansali don’t understand the other language. individuals like him only understand the language of shoes.”
10 The 48-year-old MP also aforesaid that “How come filmmakers whose ladies family members change their husbands every day will understand ‘Jauhar’ (of ladies setting themselves afire to avoid being captured by invaders)?” The remark triggered criticism for degrading women.
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