Padmavati row: Salman Khan and Farhan Akhtar back Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Neil Nitin Mukesh

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Doubts on the extent to which the National Award winning filmmaker has fictionalized the story, has led to a spiraling controversy with politicians, organizations and individuals raising a finger at Bhansali for "distorting history" and demanding that the release of Padmavati be stalled.

The protests have started to turn violent as Karni Sena on Tuesday vandalised a cinema hall in Kota and warned the cinema hall administration to not release the film.

Talking about the same, the "Student of the Year" star said, "Sanjay Leela Bhansali has made films which are "respectful and artistic" and it is not right to judge "Padmavati" without watching it".

"I want to say that you have Censor Board, they will take a decision".

"So, I feel it is unfair that you comment on a film without watching it".

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Padmavati, which is scheduled to be released on December 1, features Deepika Padukone in the role of queen Padmavati while Ranveer Singh plays the role of Alauddin Khilji.

Deepika has entered in the film industry ten years back and the month of November is very special for her because she made her first debut movie got released on November 9 and for her November 15 is also important because her movie "Ram-Leela" hit the screens four years back.

Padmavati, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has been beset by trouble ever since filming was disrupted in January, when Mr Bhansali was assaulted and the sets attacked in Jaipur. They are also heard using profanities against the makers of the movie. What have we gotten ourselves into? "Maharani Padmini is the revered mother of 125 crore Hindus in the world and her character assassination by a film is disrespect to the Hindu religion, its culture and glorious history", he said. Where have we reached as a nation? "Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!"

The Hindi film industry has come out in support of the period drama criticising the protest. "It's been a pretty incredible journey", said Deepika, who says she senses a soul, heart and mind connect with the director.

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