Jaipur: The row related to Bollywood moive Padmavati has turned bloody.
A man was found hanging on Friday at Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh fort. On the stone wall nearby was scribbled “Padmavati ka virodh (in opposition to Padmavati)”.
“We don’t burn effigies, we hang them, ” read the graffiti near the body of Chetan Saini, a 40-year-old resident of Jaipur, reported ANI.
The cops however said that they are not clear weather it was a suicide or a murder.
“Padmavati”, the 190-crore film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has drawn angry protests in Rajasthan where fringe groups like the Karni Sena says the movie “distorts history”. Though they have not seen the movie, leaders of the Karni Sena and several politicians say the 13th-century queen, Padmini, has been disrespected by Bhansali suggesting in his movie that she was romantically involved with ‘Muslim invader’ Alauddin Khilji.
Bhansali has denied any allusion to a love story, but several BJP-ruled states including Rajasthan have banned the movie, declaring they will not permit it to screen even if it is cleared by the censor board, which has yet to review the film. “Padmavati” has been produced by Viacom-18; the studio has suggested it will delay the film’s release, originally planned for December 1, to next year.
Padmini, according to legend, was a Rajput warrior queen from Chittor in Rajasthan who set herself on fire to save her honour after Khilji defeated her husband in battle.
The UK sensor board cleared the film yesterday however the Karni Sena said that they will burn cinema hall in UK too if the film is released.