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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Former royal family of Jaipur threaten to oppose 'Padmavati' release

After protests by the Karni Sena and also a Brahmin group, the former royal family of Jaipur has opposed release of the film "if historical facts are distorted"

Indian Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone poses for a photograph during a promotional event for the forthcoming Hindi film 'Padmavati' directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Mumbai AFP
Indian Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone poses for a photograph during a promotional event for the forthcoming Hindi film 'Padmavati' directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Mumbai AFP

With the release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati approaching, its troubles seem to be mounting. After protests by the Karni Sena and also a Brahmin group, the former royal family of Jaipur has opposed release of the film "if historical facts are distorted".

Former princess, Diya Kumari in a statement said that no film should hurt the sentiments of a community by "twisting historical facts".

"The director of the film Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not wrongly depict the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittor. He should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release the film," Kumari said in a statement.

Kumari said that "Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people." She said if the movie does not display authentic history or takes any liberties, it will not be allowed to be released.

The latest development comes as film distributors in Rajasthan have expressed unease over releasing the film, scheduled to hit the screens on December 1.The Sri Rajput Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, and the Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha, a Brahmin community organisation, have decided to oppose the release of the film. According to them, historical facts have been distorted in the film.

The Sri Rajput Karni Sena, along with other organisations, has called for a complete community and commercial shut-down in Chittorgarh on November 3. Along with like-minded organisations, the Karni Sena plans to organise a big rally in Gandhinagar in Gujarat on November 12 against the movie.

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