Padamavati starring Deepika Padukone in Rani Padmini's role, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Aditi Rao Hydari as Kamala Devi is set to hit the big screen on December 1.
Andhare, who is the Chief Operating Officer at Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said in an interview with IANS that he is happy to dispel any doubts around the film once the certification has been obtained. We condemn such a heinous portrayal our queen. "You can not just show anything in the name of a film", said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the president of the Rajput Karni Sena in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar.
According to Virendrasinh Bhati of the Karni Sena, Bhansali had gone back on his promise to show the movie to the community to get a clearance first.
"If the Centre or state government fails to step in, the BJP may have to face the ire of the community during the Gujarat polls", Rajput leader from Surat Yashwantsinh Vala said. The movie is embroiled in a controversy as some Hindu groups and political parties, including the Congress and the BJP, claim that the film distorts history and wrongly portrays Rajput queen Padmavati, a contention Bhansali has repeatedly rebuffed. After protests by the Karni Sena and also a Brahmin group, now the former royal family of Jaipur has opposed release of the film "if historical facts are distorted". "I think how he highlighted Maratha in that film was commendable", he stated.
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When is the film likely to be certified? "Were the Rajputs not this concerned?" he asked, adding, "These protests must stop".
As the certification by the Censor Board is yet to be granted qua the film, hence it was premature for the petitioners to seek the relief as prayed.
But, Union minister Naqvi had a different view.