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15 November 2017, 12:00 | Taylor George

Padmavati: It's a war between union government and the mob

Padmavati poster

Rajput outfit Karni Sena has called for a Rajasthan Bandh on November 30 while the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha will hold a protest rally at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

Padmavati controversy is gaining heat with each passing day.

"From never having been to a film set before and to not knowing how to deliver dialogues to today enjoying the craft so much where I am the most peaceful and happiest when I am in front of the camera".

"We have no words to express our gratitude for providing police protection t our esteemed member director, Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose film Padmavati' has been mired in the controversies", Ashoke Pandit said in a letter.

The top court suggested that the Censor Board should take an independent view over the issue, saying it can't substitute role of CBFC.

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He further said that his team made the period drama with complete honesty and it is a tribute to Rani Padmavati's courage.

The protesters allege the film shows the legendary Rajput queen Padmavati and her community in poor light - which has been denied by the makers of the film. "We have regressed", she said, commenting on the hullabaloo the movie is causing pre-release.

"Padmavati" is set on release on December 1, 2017 and stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in titular roles.

So why is this a battle between the Government of India and mobs in film critics' clothing such as the voluble members of the Rajput Karni Sena?

She says that there are many politicians, organizations, and individuals which also includes Bharati Janta Party and Congress Party and they are raising their fingers at the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali by claiming that the movie is distorting the history and they are even demanding that the release of the movie should be postponed. The demand for the formation of a panel to preview the movie before release is also gaining momentum, with threats range from bandhs to protests.

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