Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer ‘Padmavat’ was recently banned to release by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments. After this, few reports in the media claimed that the newly formed Government of Himachal Pradesh has also followed the same suit.
As per reports, there was pressure on the newly-formed Himachal government to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, following repeated warnings from fringe groups. Commenting on the issue, Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur had then said, “I don’t want to say much. We will discuss what to do. The film, indeed, is a controversial one. I respect art but when it comes to people’s sentiments getting hurt, it must be thought about and discussed.”
But now, Thakur said his government will not ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmaavat in Himachal Pradesh. “There is no ban on the movie. Neither I nor any of my colleague have opined to ban this film,” Thakur said.
The film has been mired in controversy over issues that it “distorts history” regarding Rajput queen Padmini, a charge that Bhansali has repeatedly denied. The film is based on a 16th-century poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. It has been at the centre of controversies for past one year, ever since Bhansali began shooting in January last year in Jaipur.
The film, formerly titled Padmavati, was altered to ‘Padmavat in order to avoid any more controversies after the release. Spearheading the campaign against the movie for a year is Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena.
According to the Karni Sena, there are a few sequences in the scene that malign the image of Rani Padmini. The group was learnt to have objected to a song in which Padmavati was dancing, as “Rajput queens” never danced in front of anyone.
A total of five modifications were suggested by the CBFC before passing the film’s content.