The Rajput Karni Sena on Friday said it would not allow Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Prasoon Joshi to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival, which begins on January 25, CNN News18 reported. The outfit also said that it would not allow Padmaavat director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to shoot in Rajasthan in future.
The Supreme Court had on Thursday set aside the notification issued by the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat against the release of the film Padmaavat. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said the state will abide by the Supreme Court’s decision. “We will get the court decision studied by the law department and further steps will be taken after that,” Kataria said.
After the Karni Sena’s threat against Joshi on Friday, Kataria said the Rajasthan government will provide security during the release of the film, News18 reported. “The government will follow its duties,” he said and added, “No one will be allowed to disturb the Jaipur Literature festival.”
On January 12, the Mumbai Police arrested 132 members of the Rajput Karni Sena for protesting outside the censor board office in the city. The outfit has demanded a ban on the film.
The CBFC had cleared the film, originally titled Padmavati, for release on January 25, after asking for some cuts.
Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, the historical drama is based on the 16th century poem of the same name by Malik Muhammad Jaisi. Relying on folklore, legend, history and the imagination, Padmaavat explores Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji’s lust for Chittor queen Padmini, which leads to a battle that claims the lives of the queen and her husband, Ratansen.
Protestors have alleged that the film has several historical inaccuracies.