Padmavati row: Karni Sena workers vandalise cinema hall in Rajasthan's Kota

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

Over 50 activists of the Rajput Karni Sena on Tuesday afternoon vandalized the Aakash cinema hall at the Aakash Mall near Aerodrome circle under the Gumanpura police station area for allegedly screening the trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed movie "Padmavati" in between the ongoing movie at the theatre.

Workers of the right-wing organisation stormed into Aakash Mall in Kota where the cinema hall was located, and vandalised it. According to reports, 8 people have been arrested relating to the incident.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said, "In a democracy, everyone has right to protest". The ticket counter of the cinema hall was also damaged by the protesting men who shouted slogans against the makers of the film which is slated for December 1 release.

They have been demanding a special screening of the movie to the representatives of the Rajput community before its release. "If they take law in their hands, then they will be punishable under law". The movie would not be allowed to release until it is pre-screened to them, the memorandum read.

The groups are protesting against the film alleging it violates the honour of Rani Padmini, the central character in the film, played by actress Deepika Padukone.

Members of the Rajput Karni Sena had previously vandalised the film's sets and assaulted Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Jaipur.

Meanwhile, film distributors in Rajasthan are wary of releasing the film which tells the tale of Rani Padmavati - the legendary Mewar queen, her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh- a Rajput ruler and Alauddin Khilji - an ambitious and obsessive invader. The Rajput Karni Sena is claiming that Padmavati insults the Rajput community and is a distortion of history, which "hurts their religious sentiments".

The film has found itself amidst a controversy ever since Bhansali began its shoot and the Karni Sena has been threatening protests and bandhs against it.

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