Pune: A protest rally was carried out by members of Karni Sena against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ on Monday morning from Shaniwarwada to the Collector’s office. Many organisations including Bajrang Dal, Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and others participated in the protest.
The members of the organisation have warned multiplexes and cinema halls against showing the movie, which is set to release on January 25. They have also decided to choose a violent route if the movie is released in cinema halls.
The protest rally was organised to tell people to avoid watching the film. The organisers started from Shaniwarwada and after crossing Lal Mahal, they reached the Collector’s office and met resident Deputy Collector Rajendra Muthe. They have written to the Collector, Chief Minister and also to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to place a ban on the film.
Yogendra Singh Katar of Karni Sena said that the film is playing with the sentiments of people. “We are firm on our stand and we will not allow the release of the film. The government will be responsible for any losses once we start our protest,” added Singh.
Om Singh Bhati, Pune head of Akhil Rajasthani Samaj Sangh, said that Rani Padmavati holds the status of a mother in Rajasthan and Bhansali has tried to tamper history by making a romantic connection between the characters of Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, in the film. “The government needs to take a stand by taking sentiments of people into consideration. Though the court has allowed the release of the film, the government can certainly intervene and place a ban on the film,” added Bhati.
These organisations have written letters to cinema halls in the city to not screen the movie in their halls.