Padmavati: Minister warns of action against those disturbing law and order during film’s release

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria says appropriate action would be taken if anyone tried to disturb law-and-order in the state during the release of Padmavati, which has courted controversy.

Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in Padmavati

Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in Padmavati

He, however, added that if the film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, had any objectionable content, it should be removed as Rajput queen Padmavati was an icon of India.

“If anyone tries to disturb law-and-order, appropriate action will be taken. Issues can be sorted out through talks and if there is any objectionable content in the film, it should be removed,” Kataria told reporters here when asked about the threats of protests by Rajput outfits if the film was released in the state.

The BJP leader said Rani Padmavati should not be seen from a caste viewpoint. “Rani Padmavati is an icon of the country and if there is anything insulting (about her) in the film, it should be corrected,” he added.

Union Minister Giriraj Singh also raised some questions about the film while speaking to ANI and said, “Does Sanjay Leela Bhansali or anyone else have the guts to make films on other religions or comment upon them? They make films on Hindu gurus, gods and warriors. We will not tolerate this anymore.”

Meanwhile, a letter issued by the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) yesterday, in reference to a letter from the superintendent of police (SP), had created a confusion as to whether there was a ban on the films release in Udaipur. The SP, however, clarified later that there was no such ban. “No ban has been imposed on the film in Udaipur and there is no such direction,” SP Rajendra Prasad said.

Members of the Rajput community have been protesting against Padmavati, while accusing Bhansali of distorting historic facts about Rani Padmavati of Chittorgarh.

The film is set to hit the screens across the country on December 1.

With inputs from PTI.

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