The text-book says one of the reasons Delhi's Muslim Emperor Alauddin Khilji attacked Chittor, was to capture Padmini, the Rajput queen, who legend says committed "jauhar" to prevent her from falling into the enemy's hands. After the countrywide protest against the release of Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh's Padmavati, Twitter users have found the best way to express their frustration - memes. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour.
Singh, however, said Padmavati "totally distorted" the queen's portrayal.
Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday said even if the changes were made in the film, "Padmavati", they would not allow its release. Back in 2008, director Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar also faced the ire of Shri Rajput Karni Sena. The members of the group protested against Gowariker's film stating that Akbar had no Rajput queen named Jodhaa Bai.
Adding that Rajput Karni Sena would be in the country before the film release, he claimed he written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj: "The Indian government can not pass orders to the British government, but to maintain good relations with India, I hope the British government will honour the sentiments of the people". In the last few days, three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states-Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat-have decided not to screen the film in their respective territories. The fate of the movie's release also hangs in balance as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) returned the movie citing improper documentation.
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Viacom18 producers have reportedly added that they want the United Kingdom to release the film on the same date as India.
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. The film is based on a poem by the 16th century Sufi author, Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
In recent times, several political leaders and goons of right-wing groups have announced death threats against Deepika and Bhansali.