Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, which is yet to announce a new release date for Indian viewers, has apparently kept its promise with the British audience as the film will, reportedly, release in United Kingdom on December 1.
The film starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji was earlier scheduled to release on December 1. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments have already put a ban on the release of the film.
A petitioner told the Supreme Court in New Delhi that "grave damage would be done to social harmony if the movie was allowed to be released abroad".
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said today that a call on on allowing the screening of film "Padmavati" in the state will be taken only after a decision of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). But its release will now have to wait.
However, historians are yet to confirm whether queen Padmini actually existed or not and the film has been inspired by a 16th-century poem. However, people do have watched the movie have on numerous times said that it is a glorification of Rajput's, doesn't have anything close to a dream sequence between Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji, and is the ultimate gift to the valour and sacrifice of Padmavati.
The protesters of the film, including descendants of Rajput rulers, stated that the film hurts the sentiments of the community and the Hindus in general by distorting historical facts.
Bhansali has repeatedly rebuffed the charges but has been receiving brickbats. One of these groups even announced that they will offer Rs. 5 crore to anyone who will behead the director and chop off the actress's nose.
Thereafter, members of Shri Rajput Karni Sena once again destroyed the sets of the film in Maharashtra.
"Masaan" director Neeraj Ghaywan" and "Pihu" helmer Vinod Kapri expressed concern, while veteran actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the controversy. He said that it was not related to polls. "Padmavati" is a raging issue.
Karni Sena activists earlier this month vandalised a theatre in Kota over reports that it was showing the film's trailer and a leader of the outfit threatened Deepika, who plays the title role, over her "provocative statements". "If you give the goons a free reign, they will continue to cross limits in ways we wouldn't be able to control", he said.
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