‘Padmavati’ Row: Death Threat To Deepika, Bhansali; Fort Shut
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ is creating ripples again. With the film slated to release soon, a Meerut resident belonging to the Kshatriya community has declared a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of the film director and actor Deepika Padukone. This has led to a massive increase in security. On the other hand, the famous Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan on Friday (Nov 17) shut its door in protest against the filmmaker for the controversial movie.
The protesters are claiming that the film has shown false and exaggerated historical facts. They are alleging that the Queen Padmini has been “wrongfully portrayed” in ‘Padmavati’.
“We have closed the first gate, known as Padan Pol gate, since 10 am. We are not allowing anyone to enter the fort. It is a peaceful protest and will continue till 6 pm,” member of Sarv Samaj Protest Committee Ranjit Singh told IANS.
He has also said that tourists who are visiting the fort were also requested to return.
“We have just started our protest and around 400-450 people are sitting on dharna outside the gate. The number is likely to increase as the day progresses,” said K.K. Sharma, a member of the protest committee.
The protesters are demanding a ban on the movie, that is based on the life of Rani Padmini or Padmavati, who was the queen of Chittorgarh.
“It is for the first time since Independence that the entry to the fort has been blocked,” claimed another member of the committee.
A Karni Sena leader has threatened actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the lead in the movie, with abusive language. In a recent interview to IANS, Deepika said: “The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film.”
Thakur Abhishek Som of Sardhana Chaubisi said it would be better if Deepika Padukone left the country.
“I am making this declaration on behalf of the Kshatriya Samaj,” said Thakur Abhishek Som
Some celebs from the industry have spoken up against the protests around Padmavati and are showing support for Bhansali.
The threat comes in face of popular perception that the film may show romantic scenes between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji.
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