Can't distort history: Amarinder on Padmavati

Jerome Frank
November 21, 2017

Earlier, the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, both BJP-ruled states, had also raised a concern over the proposed release of the period drama in which actor Deepika Padukone plays the legendary Rajput queen.

Amid the controversy over Padmavati, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Monday said "nobody had the right to distort history".

Addressing members of the Rajput community at his residence here, Chouhan also announced the institution of the "Rashtramata Padmavati Award" for a person "doing outstanding work for protecting the honour of women" and the "Maharana Pratap Award" for gallantry.

"I have also gone to Chittor and returned and seen all things there..."

Amarinder Singh, in his comments said: "Anything that is historical event... no one will object". But on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus has been delayed. "We will now protest to ensure governments in other states follow MP's example too", said Kiran Suryavanshi Rathore, Karni Sena Bhopal district leader.

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The timing of Chouhan's announcement is surprising since the censor board is yet to certify the film and Viacom18, the producers of Padmavati, have deferred its release, reiterating that it was a cinematic masterpiece capturing "Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory". But, its release has been deferred indefinitely owing to some issues it has with the censor board. "We condemn this super emergency", Banerjee tweeted.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference also has written to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti looking for a ban on the movie. "If the CM was so serious about the film hurting people's sentiments, why was he silent all these days, even as protests were being witnessed all across the state including in Ratlam bordering Rajasthan?" asked Pankaj Chaturvedi, Congress spokesperson.

Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh, and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, and is based on the 1303 siege of Chittorgarh by Alauddin Khilji.

Members of Rajput Karni Sena thanked the CM for what they called was a complete ban on the movie's screening in the state.

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