Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
Violence and arson erupted in parts of state ahead of Thursday’s release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film “Padmaavat” as the Karni Sena, an extremist Rajput group, on Monday warned of consequences if the film were released.
With the release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film coming closer, protests against the film by the Rajput Karni Sena have been growing in Madhya Pradesh. On Monday the Karni Sena held demonstrations in various parts of the state.
Protests and acts of vandalism were reported from various parts of Madhya Pradesh, including in Indore, Ujjain, and Jhabua on Monday.
Activists of Karni Sena, which is at the forefront of the anti-”Padmaavat” protests because they claim the movie shows medieval Rajput queen Padmavati in not so honorable light — held demonstration in Ujjain to demand a state-wide ban on the movie.
They also staged blockades by burning tyres on roads connecting Ujjain to Nagda, Dewas to Maksi and Agar to Kota. The highway to Ujjain was blocked for hours, while police said that Karni Sena activists tried to hijack a truck and set it on fire in Indore.Deputy Inspector General Hari Narayan Chari Mishra said that protesters were forcibly removed from many places.
In Bhopal, members of the Rajput group held the demonstration outside Jyoti Talkies.Meanwhile, a group of women, representing the Rajput community, left Ratlam for Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh where they will stage a protest.“Padmaavat” is scheduled to release nationwide on Thursday. The Karni Sena and some other groups claim the film distorts history.
Meanwhile, the Karni Sena in its reply to Bhansali’s invite to watch “Padmaavat” asked the noted producer if the “objectionable scenes” of the film will be cut on its suggestions.