Rajput Samaj of United Kingdom launches boycott of 'Padmavati'

Phillip Butler
November 24, 2017

The website also has a note for parents that says, "Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience".

Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana all BJP ruled states - and Punjab, ruled by the Congress, have already opposed the release of the movie.

However, the producers of the film, Viacom 18, have indicated that the release of the film in the United Kingdom will be "in line with the India release".

A functionary at Viacom 18, however, said there was no plan to release the film globally without it being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

"There are issues with the film, our sympathy is with those who are protesting against the film and that is the reason we will not allow its release in the state till those issues are resolved", Rupani said.

After months of intimidation and protests, the producers of the movie, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, issued a statement Sunday announcing its December 1 release date had been "voluntarily deferred", sparking concerns over issues relating to freedom of speech in the world's largest democracy, according to CNN. The board has asked the makers to resend the film for revision.

Though the decision of the British censors may appear like a moment of triumph for the beleaguered cast and crew of the film which has been facing abuse, threats of violence and even death in India, the approval for screening has also left the filmmakers of Padmavati in a piquant situation. It is mired in controversy in India as Hindu groups backed by the BJP are up in arms against alleged "distortion of historical facts".

Such reactions have disturbed members of the film fraternity.

The film, Padmavati, is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem in which a Rajput queen chooses to kill herself rather than be captured by the Muslim sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji.

Amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji's characters, various Rajput and other groups have been protesting against the film, alleging it "distorts" history and hurts the sentiments of the people.

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