BENGALURU: The protests against Padmavati spread to south this morning, with the Rajput group that’s spearheading it holding demonstrations in tech-hub Bengaluru.
Yesterday, the Rajput Karni Sena targeted a cinema hall in Rajasthan’s Kota that was screening its trailer. The group vandalized shops in the mall, where the theatre was located and broke its ticket window. The set of the movie has been vandalized twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur — and the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was roughed up by members of Karni Sena during shooting in Jaipur earlier this year.
Rajput groups and some BJP members have accused the director of distorting facts in the movie that stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The film is scheduled to be released on December 1.
The Karni Sena claims the film was defaming Padmini, the 13th century Queen of Chittor, with hints of a romance between her and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan who was obsessed with her. According to legends, after her husband was killed in the battle with Khilji, Padmini set herself on fire along with other women of the royal household.
Mr Bhansali has repeatedly denied that there was any such indication in the film.