NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena which has called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ (shutdown) on December 1 for Bhansali’s next movie has now threatened actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the titular role of Padmavati.
Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder-patron of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has slammed ‘naachnewali’ Deepika Padukone f statement that “nothing can stop the movie’s release”, dubbing it “provoking.”
“The country is not regressing, you are making it so. With folded hands, I beg Deepika not to insult women… Deepika is dancing in the film. Yes, dance, but why are you dancing with less clothing? How are you trying to portray Indian women?” Kalvi reportedly told a India Today Television news channel.
The RKS patron warned of dire consequences if the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie was not stalled.
“Jauhar ki jwala hai, bahut kuch jalega. Rok sako to rok lo (This is the fire of ‘jauhar’, a lot of things will burn. Stop us if you can.),” Kalvi was quoted as saying to ANI
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He also alleged that “underworld” financed Padmavati.
On Tuesday some 50 of its members vandalised booking counters, broke windowpanes, glass windows and gates, and office furniture of the theatre in Kota in Rajasthan after reports that it was showing a trailer of ‘Padmavati’.
In January, activists of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena had protested, manhandled and misbehaved with the crew of ‘Padmavati’ in Jaipur, claiming that Bhansali was “distorting” historical facts in the movie.
In March, some miscreants broke the mirrors at the Padmini Mahal in Chittorgarh Fort where Alauddin Khilji is alleged to have seen Rani Padmavati or Padmini. The Karni Sena claims the mirror story was invented years later.
The Rajput community, Vishva Hindu Parishad, Bajarang Dal and Rajput Karni Sena are among the groups who have been holding protests against the depiction of historical figure, Rani Padmavati, in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film.
With agencies inputs