Even before the film’s shooting was completed, people raised objections to it. Members of Karni Sena attacked Bhansali and his team when they were shooting for the film at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur and even slapped the filmmaker claiming he was depicting ‘romantic scenes’ between Rani Padmavati (Deepika) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer). Bhansali’s production house had to issue a statement clarifying there are no such scenes in the movie.
Interestingly, the legend of Padmavati finds its root in Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat - not history. Historian S Irfan Habib has said Padmini is a legend originating in the epic poem Padmavat written in 1540 by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. “No mention in any historical record before this,” Habib had tweeted hours after men from the Rajput Karni Sena vandalised Padmavati’s sets.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati has been a victim of major controversies right from the beginning when the movie went on the floor. Rajput clan and Karni Sena across many states in the country have been protesting against the concept of the movie, alleging that SLB has distorted facts in his historical drama, damaging the image and traditions of Rajputs. The sets have been vandalized, SLB himself was manhandled, the cast is being threatened by attacks and many protestors are calling for a worldwide ban on the movie. Here’s a comprehensive list of events and reactions on the entire Padmavati controversy.
Producers apply for a fresh certification for 3D version of Padmavati at the CBFC
According to PTI, “The makers have submitted a fresh application to us yesterday for the 3D version. Now that they have applied for 3D (certification), we will have to look into the new application. The 2D application had come to us a while back.”
“The makers have submitted a fresh application to us yesterday for the 3D version. Now that they have applied for 3D (certification), we will have to look into the new application. The 2D application had come to us a while back,”
Padmavati now banned in Bihar. CM Nitish Kumar wants 'amicable solution' from both the parties involved.
The Delayed Release Of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati Results In At least 200 Crore Loss For Bollywood
A sad situation indeed because with this move, 2017 has been deprived of at least 200 crore worth of moolah that could have been added to its overall tally.The spiral effect of this delay is much bigger than what it seems actually. Reason being that now the applecart is getting disturbed and as a result of that at least 50-100 crore more are at stake. Read the full story here.
A CBFC Member who is also a BJP leader, has accused Bhansali of funding his film from foreign investors. He has written to Prime Minister Modi to seek clarification on this issue.
Meanwhile Padmavati is all set to release in the UK on December 1 as UK Censor Board has passed the movie. Karni Sena continues to threaten the makers. They claim that they'd burn every theatre in the UK if the movie releases.
"A body was found hanging from the ramparts of a Jaipur fort today, with a sentence scratched on a rock nearby that implied anger over the upcoming release of the film" - ANI The note says, "Hum putlenahinjalate .... latkatehain "
UK Based Rajput Groups Also Threaten Padmavati With Protests If It Is Released
The British Board of Film Certificationcleared Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic historical film Padmavati for release on December 1 earlier this week. The announcement was met with a swift petition in the Supreme Court to delay the film’s release abroad until such time as it is cleared for release in India, and a protest by a Britain-based Rajput group.
Several fringe outfits have been protesting the release of the film, alleging that it distorts historical fact, and its depiction of Queen Padmavati (played by Deepika Padukone) may cause offence to the Rajput community. Several states such as UP, MP and Rajasthan have effectively ‘banned’ the film until the protests die down. While the Central Board of Film Certification has yet to clear the film, the BBFC’s decision didn’t go down too well with Rajput Samaj UK.
Padmavati cleared for Dec 1 release in Britain, SC to hear plea for not releasing film outside India
Loksabha asks CBFC and I&B minsitry to submit a report on Padmavati by November 30. This might come as a relief for the makers of Padmavati.
Padmavati Row EXCLUSIVE: Rajput Karni Sena's President Says Women Are Only Meant To Give Birth; Deepika Is 1 Lakh Percent Wrong
The Supreme Court accepted a petition seeking Padmavati is not released outside India on December 1 even as British certification body passed the film without any cuts.
Ranveer Singh Breaks His Silence
"I am 200% with the film and my director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I have been asked not to say anything, whatever official stand it is, you will get it from producers. It's a very sensitive issue."
Did Shah Rukh Khan Comment (In A Subtle Way) On The Padmavati Controversy At IFFI 2017?
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday invoked the Sanskrit words Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is a family) as he opened IFFI, attended by Bollywood and other luminaries but plagued by controversy.
The row over the release of Padmavati had members from the film industry urging stars to boycott the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which also kicked up a furore last week when the I&B ministry decided to drop two films -- S Durga and Nude -- from the Indian Panorama section. Read the full story here.
Padmavati threats continue: Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu wants to burn every cinema screen in India.
In a report published by Times Now, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his views on Padmavati. He feels that Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are equally responsible and they deserve punishment.
Viacom 18 shifts the release date of Padmavati to 2018. Date yet to be announced.
FIR against BJP leader who put bounty on Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Deepika Padukone's head.
According to ANI, Suraj Pal Amu, an FIR has been filed against BJP's leader by a man in Gurugram who wanted to behead SLB and Deepika for 5-10 Crore rupees.
Sridev's husband and producer Boney Kapoor says "Padmavati is not my film"; gets trolled and daughter Janhvi who's debuting with Shahid Kapoor's brother Ishaan in Karan Johar's movie Dhadak, gets dragged in the controversy. Boney Kapoor gave this comment at the ongoing International Film Festival in Goa.
CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi says: If you expect a solution, give CBFC time, space and a state of mind.
CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi on Monday said the censor board is trying to come up with a “balanced decision” about Padmavati but it should be given adequate space and time to do that.Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film is the first major hurdle that Joshi faces as the head of the Central Board of Film Certification.
Joshi said the board asks for 68 days for the certification process of a film so that they have enough time if a situation like Padmavati comes up. “We need to understand that the CBFC must take a balanced decision. This situation was not created by the CBFC. It had nothing to do with the protests on the roads. You show the film to media houses and get reviews done but you want CBFC to deliver a fair and well-thought out decision?” Joshi said on the sidelines of IFFI’s inaugural ceremony
Our constitution says that you are innocent until proven guilty. Same should be extended to #Padmavati, it should not be considered guilty even before it is provided for people to judge it: Shahid Kapoor tells ANI
Karnataka State Govt. to provide security to Deepika Padukone's family in Bengaluru.
CBFC Turns Down Application To Expedite The Certification Process ; Padmavati Will Most Likely Release In 2018
Central Board of Film Certification turns down application by makers of Padmavati seeking to expedite certification process of the movie. Padmavati is most likely to release next year. It is certainly not clashing with Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan is currently in a meeting with Rajput protestors to discuss the issues related to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati.
Padmavati: Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar ask film industry to take a stand: it’s now or never
Actor Shabana Azmi and lyricist Javed Akhtar have called members of Bollywood to refuse to be “puppets in this game of electoral gain, divisive politics and polarisation” as the row over Padmavati turned uglier and blamed the BJP governments at the Centre and some states of not doing enough to handle the protests against the film.
They told India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai on Sunday that the real culprits wasn’t the Shri Rajput Karni Sena but the governments of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as well as the Centre for not restoring law and order and arresting those who have issued a bounty on film’s actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Azmi also added that during the time of Deepa Mehta's movie Water, " I had shaved off my head, the film had to be scrapped. We couldn’t make the film, nobody had read a single word of the script and they had decided that it was against Indian culture." The Padmavati crisis has an ulterior motive: It’s being done to consolidate the Rajput vote, says Shyam Benegal.
Supreme Court to hear the plea filed by Manohar Lal Sharma (Senior Lawyer) to delete objectionable scenes from Padmavati today. Earlier SC had rejected the petition against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film because formalities with the CBFC weren't completed.
1 Crore award for anyone who burns Deepika Padukone alive
According to DNA, there's a 1 Crore award for anyone who burns Deepika Padukone alive. This is allegedly announced by All India Kshatriya Mahasabha. DNA reports that Mr. Singh from the sabha said, “Deepika would know the real character of Rani Padmavati when she is burnt alive. We will give Rs 1 crore to anyone forcing her to do so.” Earlier, Haryana BJP leader had announced 10 Crore bounty on beheading Deepika and SLB both.
Angry at the news of Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati’s release being postponed, filmmaker Hansal Mehta blamed the government and the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. “The government’s stance is disappointing but not unexpected. After all what is a film compared to elections?” he tweeted. Read more here.
Shabana Azmi wants the entire film industry to boycott Goa International Film Festival
CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi hits out after select screenings of Padmavati
Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi has criticised the producers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati for holding a select screening of the film before the CBFC certified the film. He called the screening, held for a few journalists, as an “irresponsible way of pressurising” the board. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, Padmavati has been facing protests from the fringe which claims -- without watching the film -- that it distorts history and hurts sentiments of the people. CBFC had earlier returned the film’s application citing technical reasons.
“Disappointing that the film Padmavati is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without CBFC having seen or certified the Film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry. It’s myopic to treat the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience,” a news channel quoted him as saying.
xXx star Ruby Rose on Padmavati row: Deepika Padukone, you are one of the strongest women I know
Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who is facing attacks for her upcoming film Padmavati, has got support from her xXx: Return of Xander Cage co-star Ruby Rose.
The 31-year-old said she is shocked to read what her ‘dear friend’ is going through. Rose also said she is in ‘absolute awe’ of Deepika’s strength and courage. “I am in shock at reading what my dear friend is going through but in absolute awe of her strength and courage. Deepika you are one of the strongest women I know,” she tweeted.
Expressing his thoughts on the Padmavati controversy, actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan has said the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decides which film is proper for public consumption, so people should let them decide first, and not take the law into their own hands.
Arnab Goswami has watched Padmavati and here's what he feels about the controversy
Renowned TV Presenter Rajat Sharma also watched Padmavati and spoke about it on hisshow Aaj Ki Baat on Friday.
“After watching the entire film, I can emphatically say that there is not a single dialogue, not a single scene, not a single sequence that can be said to go against the proud history of the Rajputs of Rajasthan. It was alleged that he had portrayed Ratan Singh as a weak person, who bowed before Alauddin Khilji, that the film portrays Khilji as a hero, but after watching the entire film, one can only marvel in the manner Bhansali has portrayed Khilji as a scheming villain throughout the film, and Maharaja Rawal Ratan Singh as a brave king.”
As the protests rage against Padmavati, Deepika Padukone has been a voice of reason. Refusing to bend down in front of the fringe which demands her head (literally!) for playing the queen revered by Rajputs, she has time and again said that Padmavati is a film India would be proud of. Despite Karni Sena and many other organisations, painted with the same brush, claimed they won’t let the film release on December 1, the actor said that she believes nothing can stop the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus.
Even as Sanjay Leela Bhansali braves religious groups, court cases and censor issues for the release of his film, Padmavati, the director has finally found support from Bollywood. Veteran actor and social activist Shabana Azmi has raised questions over the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) sending back the application for the certification of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati.
“#Padmavatis application to CBFC has been sent back bcoz of incomplete formalities! Really? Or to keep fires stoked for electoral gains?,” the actor tweeted.
Here's Why Deepika Padukone's Padmavati Might Not Release On Dec 1
As Prasoon Joshi-led Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) sent back Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati on technical grounds, its makers rued how they have to “run around and show it at other forums to ‘clear’ it” while the competent authority chooses to “look the other way”. News 18 reports that the board is yet to get a fresh application from the makers. Read the full story here.
The outrage against Padmavati reached an extreme when Deepika’s effigy was burnt outside the fort in Chittorgarh. According to online reports, swords have been brought out to mock the film and fuel the protest. Shots were fired in the air.
Havan against SLB and Deepika; Chittorgarh Fort Shut
On Friday morning, Karni Sena protested outside Chittorgarh Fort demanding a ban on its release. Protestors have also blocked tourists from entering the fort. Protestors held havan in Bhopal against Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone, demanding that they would never enter the city again.
Security beefed up for Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Padmavati Row: Karni Sena Calls For A Bharath Bandh On December 1!
The Shri Rajput Karni Sena called on Wednesday a ‘Bharat Bandh’ (shutdown) on December 1 if Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie “Padmavati” releases on that date even as the Maharashtra government provided a security cover for the filmmaker in view of the growing threats.
“We will hold rallies across the country, including Gurugram, Patna, Lucknow and Bhopal before the release date,” Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder-patron of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, told media persons in Jaipur.
Deepika compared to ‘Surpnakha’
Karni Sena compared Deepika to ‘Surpnakha’ from Ramayan, who according to them is hurting the sentiments of Rajputs as Rani Padmavati.
The Rajput community had already protested outside SLB’s Juhu office as they accused him of distorting historical facts in Padmavati.
In January, protestors had vandalized the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur. They destroyed costumes and jewelry worth lacks.
The same protestors had slapped Bhansali by manhandling him. The entire film fraternity came out in support of the filmmaker on social media and interviews. They expressed their concern for freedom of speech and angst against the protests.
Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said the claims that film was a distortion of history were not true and they were open to screening the film after it was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Read the full story here.
Members of Rajput community intensified their protests against Padmavati, holding demonstrations in Gujarat and outside the Mumbai office of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Sunday, demanding a ban on the film for allegedly distorting facts. Read the full story here.
Glamourising Alauddin Khilji akin to praising acid attackers: Haryana minister Vipul Goel on Padmavatirow
In letters to Union minister Smriti Irani and Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Haryana minister Vipul Goel today sought changes in the Bollywood film and said that “glamourising Alauddin Khilji’s character was akin to praising those who carry out acid attacks on girls”.
Women’s group stages protest against Padmavati, burns Bhansali’s effigy in Varanasi
Rani Padmini’s life has been shown in a wrong manner in Padmavati, claims queen’s descendant
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), a member of the erstwhile royal family of Udaipur and a descendant of Rani Padmini, Vishwraj Singh, has said that the distorted history in the Bollywood movie Padmavati was not acceptable. The film features Deepika Padukone as the queen and Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali Clarifies His Stance On Padmavati And Alauddin Khilji!
As various political groups demand a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati, the maker has sought to clarify his stance through a video message. In the video published on YouTube , he reiterated that the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor film upholds the honour of Rajputs and does not depict anything that may hurt anyone’s sentiments.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali requested the CBFC to expedite the process so that the can hold a prescreening as soon as possible so that people help him eradicate every allegation against him for distorting facts.
Karni Sena district president Narayan Divrala: We have learnt that the filmmakers are portraying the film as a love story between Alauddin Khilji and Padmini, which is a blatant distortion of history. That is why we stopped the shooting and told the makers that we won’t let them continue unless they make changes.
Bhansali Productions: We clarified that there is no dream sequence or any objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. We have been carefully researching and making the film. In spite of this, the attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur. We are grateful to the authorities at Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage on shoot.
Krishna Gopal Sharma, professor of history at Rajasthan University: It is a well-documented fact that Padmini was the 15th wife of Rawal Ratan Singh, who has been described as Madam Kunwar Padmini and there’s no doubt about the fact she was a real historical figure. Padmini was also from Sri Lanka, and Ratan Singh had married her there after a swayamvar. The story of how Khilji was enamoured by Padmini’s beauty and saw her reflection in water is a myth which traces its roots from Padmavat written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
Lokendra Singh Chundawat, head of history department in Govt PG College, Chittorgarh: In Padmavat, Jayasi wrote Padmini was from Sri Lanka but believing it would be wrong as she was born in Pungal Pradesh, an area between Bikaner and Jaisalmer. In fact, after writing Padmavat, Jayasi clarified that it is a work of fiction,
BJP MP of Ujjain, Chintamani Malviya: People like Bhansali do not understand any other language. People like him only understand the language of shoes. This country will not disrespect Rani Padmavati. We will not tolerate any distortion of our history.
BJP MLA from Goshamahal constituency Raja Singh: You (film director) show what the fact is. But, if you add masala for money and show differently, how can we keep quiet. That is why, you change the story and release the film. If you release as it is, we will stop the movie. That is our effort.
Raj Bansal, a film distributor in Rajasthan: Karni Sena and other Rajput community leaders are protesting against the film over alleged distortion of historical facts. We are also against the distortion of historical facts and will purchase the distribution rights only after the controversy is settled. “Let them reach an amicable solution, then only we will purchase the rights of the film.
BJP MLA and a member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari: I will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan & Sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians by movie Padmavati
Bajrang Dal coordinator Inderjeet Singh: We have seen a trailer of the film and it appears that the filmmaker has presented distorted facts about Rani Padmavati which is an insult to the Rajput community therefore we have decided to hold a protest in the state on November 10.
Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh: If the film depict history without any distortion and highlights the valour of Rajputs, we will welcome it but if it portrays them in poor light then we will not allow its release in theatres. If you are true patriots and true Hindus, you should boycott such movies. You should not help them make money. If the film flops, no other filmmaker will dare to make such movies.