Now, Gujarat bans Padmavati
Ahmedabad: After Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, a third BJP-governed state, Gujarat, which chooses its new government next month, has banned the movie "Padmavati".
Vijay Rupani, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, said on Wednesday, "The government of Gujarat will not allow 'Padmavati' - a movie hurting sentiments of Rajputs - to get released in the state. We can't allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech and expression, but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated."
Gujarat is in the midst of an aggressive election campaign between the Congress and BJP, which has governed it for 22 years.
"Padmavati", made at a Rs 190- crore budget has provoked protests from some groups led by the Karni Sena, who say that Padmini, the 13th-century Rajput warrior queen, is maligned in the movie because it suggests a romance between her and Delhi sultan Alauddin Khilji. The legend is that after her husband was killed in battle, Padmini set herself on fire to avoid being taken captive by Khilji, who was obsessed with her beauty.
"Padmavati" stars Deepika Padukone in the lead role and is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who has said the movie does not "distort history" or allude to a love story between the queen and Khilji. Both Padukone and he have been given state security after the Karni Sena, and others threatened them with violence. A BJP leader from Haryana, Surya Pal Amu, offered Rs 10 crores on the weekend for their beheading. After being castigated by his party, he issued a new threat, vowing that "one cinema after another will burn" if the film is released.