Karni Sena activists vandalise Kota theatre for showing 'Padmavati' trailer


Rajput fringe groups and some right-wing organisations led by the Rajput Karni Sena protested against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film "Padmavati" in Gujarat and Maharashtra today.

Workers of the right-wing organisation stormed into Aakash Mall in Kota where the cinema hall was located, and vandalised it.

In January, Sri Rajput Karni Sena activists had protested, manhandled, and misbehaved with the crew of "Padmavati".

Directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie is an attempt to tarnish the rich heritage and culture of the erstwhile Rajputana, he said.

The protesters barged into the mall from the backdoor and broke the ticket window of the theatre.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said, "In a democracy, everyone has right to protest".

The movie would not be allowed to release until it is pre-screened to them, the memorandum read. If they take law in their hands, then they will be punished according to the law. But the makers of Padmavati said that they can do that only after it is granted a certificate by the censor board. In Kota, Shri Rajput Karni Sena vandalised a multiplex where the trailer of Padmavati was screened.In Jaipur, senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra said that the film was an attack on Hindu society and no self-respecting society will accept this.

Meanwhile, film distributors in Rajasthan are wary of releasing the film which tells the tale of Rani Padmavati - the legendary Mewar queen, her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh- a Rajput ruler and Alauddin Khilji - an ambitious and obsessive invader. Mr. Abdul Salam Sankhla, one of the leaders of Muslim maha sabha also said that this will destroy the communal harmony in the state of Rajasthan and in India as well so this film must be banned to maintain the communal peace and harmony.

Even recently, SLB had released a video in which he is seen clarifying that Padmavati has no derogatory scene or distortion of facts.