Despite Supreme Court’s nod to the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat, the fringe outfits refuse to back down and several acts of vandalism and arson have been committed in various parts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The state governments and cinema owners are also fearful of more violent acts in the future and hence, are calling off the scheduled screenings of the film. Meanwhile, SC is expected to hear a contempt plea against Karni Sena on Monday and Delhi HC has refused to hear a plea against the film and an FIR registered into Wednesday’s attack on a school bus in Gurugram names the Karni Sena. Eighteen men, who attacked a school bus full of children in Gurugram, have now been sent to a 14-day judicial custody. Haryana DGP BS Sandhu also said that no attackers will be spared and theatres will be given adequate protection. Karni Sena leader Suraj Pal Amu, who had threatened Deepika Padukone, got arrested in Gurugram. Despite threats, several state governments are trying their best to offer a smooth release to the film and the initial reviews are out with Ranveer Singh’s act as Alauddin Khilji being the most impressive.
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While the film fails to release across states in India, Pakistan censor board has cleared the controversial Indian film Padmaavat without any cuts for screening in the Muslim majority country. Islamabad-based Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) chairman Mobashir Hasan took to the social media to announce that the film has been passed by the board. "Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) has declared a feature film containing Indian cast and crew, Padmaavat, without any excision suitable for public exhibition in the cinemas with a 'U' certification," he wrote on Twitter. With the clearance, Bhansali's period drama is all set to be released in Pakistan, removing fears that the film could face cuts due to the negative portrayal of Alauddin Khilji, a Muslim ruler of the Delhi Sultanate "CBFC isn't biased in arts, creativity and healthy entertainment," Hasan added.
Meanwhile, Deepika's fans managed to create a #DP1stDay1stShow club on social media where they posted pictures with tickets despite all th hullaballo around the film. Touched by the reactions, Deepika tweeted: "I cannot believe what I'm seeing!!! What a show of pure genuine love and commitment! I'm not only touched and overjoyed, but extremely humbled seeing this absolutely unique initiative. #DP1stDay1stShow."
I cannot believe what I’m seeing!!! @dp1stday1stshow what a show of pure genuine love & commitment!im not only touched & over joyed but extremely humbled seeing this absolutely unique initiative!lots & lots of love to each & every one of you!!!🙏 #DP1stDay1stShow pic.twitter.com/HcP6NKl7Lm— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 25, 2018
The makers of Padmaavat on Thursday thanked viewers for the unconditional support they've received for the film. "We are humbled with the response we have received for 'Padmaavat'. Over 1 million Indians have already watched the film and occupancy levels for shows are very strong across more than 4,000 screens - with most running houseful. The feedback for the film has been overwhelming. We are grateful to the government, state authorities, police and our fans for making the opening a stellar success. We are hopeful that every Indian - across all states- will get a chance to see the film especially as we celebrate our great nation's 69th Republic Day," a Viacom18 Motion Pictures spokesperson said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Chittorgarh turned into a fortress with heavy police presence at every nook and corner of the town on Thursday. Nagaur, Banswara, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Sikar, Jaisalmer, Sawai Madhopur, Pratapgarh and Khetdi also witnessed the impact of the shutdown. The plying of buses in Udaipur and Banswara was temporarily stopped to avert any untoward incident. According to sources, tourists were also stopped from visiting Chittorgarh fort and Jaisalmer.
Acclaimed tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on Thursday underplayed the ongoing Padmaavat controversy, dubbing it is as media hype, over-emphasized for "TRPs and to sell the newspapers". Hussain, who had participated in a session titled 'A Life In Music' at Jaipur Literature Festival, said that the controversy will go down once the film goes out of the theaters but crying issues of environment, health and hygiene are not receiving the emphasis from the media that they should.
Padmaavat was not screened in Rajasthan today due to a 'bandh' called by the Rajput Karni Sena, whose activists held rallies and protests in several cities and towns against the film. The movie wasn't screened in around 179 screens. The Karni Sena took out a bike rally in Jaipur where its members were seen flouting traffic norms, leading to a traffic jam, as police stood mute on the sidewalks.
As Padmaavat, gets released across the country, theatre owners in Madhya Pradesh announced their decision not to screen the movie showing respect to the public sentiments. However, fearing a violent backlash from Karni Sena and affiliate groups, markets in several towns including Dewas, Ratlam, Jhabua, Mandsaur, Shajapur, Vidisha and others remained closed. Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh also clarified that there was no ban on movie and theatre owners, if they wanted to screen it, were free to do so and administration was committed to offering them security cover. “We won’t allow law and order to deteriorate,” he affirmed. “There is no law and order issue as the movie is not screened,” he said.
Opinion | The far-right outfit already showed their own sense of dignity and chivalry when they threatened to slice off the ears and nose of Deepika Padukone, who essays the fictional non-Rajput queen whose sense of honor the Sena is purporting to protect; before that, they stormed the sets of the film and assaulted Bhansali in another demonstration of grace.
The far-right outfit already showed their own sense of dignity and chivalry when they threatened to slice off the ears and nose of Deepika Padukone, who essays the fictional non-Rajput queen whose sense of honor the Sena is purporting to protect.
For the uninitiated, Amu had reportedly made remarks about doubling the offer that was made by a youth from Meerut announcing a Rs. 5 crore bounty for beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. "We will reward the ones beheading them with Rs 10 crore and also take care of their family needs...We know very well how to treat those who insult the Rajput community," Amu had reportedly said. The Haryana BJP had immediately distanced itself from Amu's remarks, saying he had made them in his personal capacity.
An RSS official has alleged that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmaavat is an attempt to "hurt" public sentiments by presenting heroic characters and their lives on the basis of unconfirmed and controversial information. RSS north-west regional sanghchalak Bhagwati Prakash said that films should spread the message of social harmony and brotherhood.
Many theatres and multiplexes in Uttar Pradesh, including the state capital, on Thursday, refused to screen controversial film Padmaavat, citing "lack of security". The 10.15 a.m. show at the Wave multiplex in Gomti Nagar here was cancelled as owners of the mall feared for the safety of the property and cinegoers, states a report in IANS.
The single screen and multiplex cinema owners in Lucknow have decided not to bow down to the pressure and protest by the Karni Sena and release Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat. Initially, the multiplex chain owners were undecided but as the day progressed, they also decided to release the movie and also started its online booking.
Violent protests by Shree Rajput Karni Sena and other Rajput organisations against Padmaavat continued in Bihar on Thursday, with a mob attacking a cinema hall in Bihar Sharif while cinema hall owners in several districts refused to screen the film.
A mob in Nalanda district's Bihar Sharif town attacked a cinema hall, tore up posters of the film, damaged vehicles and threatened to set ablaze the theatre if the film is screened.
Haryana DGP BS Sandhu has now said that the Haryana police is prepared and all halls will be given adequate protection. Meanwhile, 8 people have been taken into preventive custody, while 18 were held for the attack on Gurugram school bus. "The police is out in full force and have been posted both inside and outside the theatres," he said adding that no attackers will be spared. The show is on in 9 cities and 33 screens.
Padmaavat: What's The Fuss About, Ask Viewers As Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Film Releases | Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat finally opened today amid tight= security and palpable tension but audiences streamed in to theatres across the country to watch the film that has the nation agog.
Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmavati in the film, which also features Shahid Kapoor as Maha Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.
The IP Mughal multiplex in Chandauli was allegedly attacked by a petrol bomb in the wee hours of the day. The petrol bomb caused an explosion in the transformer and was set off in protest against the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. The security personnel present extinguished the fire and also reported more petrol bombs in the vicinity.
Padmaavat opens in Punjab, Haryana to a good response despite the threats from fringe outfits.
Security personnel were stationed outside leading malls and cinema halls where the film is being screened since Wednesday. The Haryana and Punjab Police did not want to take any chances in view of the violence witnessed in Gurugram, adjoining Delhi, on Wednesday.
The Congress attacked the Centre and the BJP governments in Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for the violent protests against Padmaavat. “Why is the Centre not doing anything to stop this violence. The BJP must answer to the people. The governments must be ashamed for their inaction,” said Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.
'What's Karni Sena?' Padmaavat Protests Stump Visiting ASEAN Leaders | It is in the backdrop of this strategically significant summit, the violence in North India over the film Padmaavat was embarrassingly ill-timed for the government.
The gala event with welcome a lunch, retreat, summit and dinner has now been completely overshadowed by the out-of-control Karni Sena and its violence over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat.
On another note, a Facebook page named 'Jaato Ka Adda' is currently live streaming Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. The group, which has been raising objections against their community members' way of protesting, decided to feature the magnum opus live as a mark of protest against their own community. The first half garnered over 3 lakh views in a short span of time.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra on Thursday lashed out on Karni Sena for the "inhuman attack" on "helpless children". He further added,"This is the land where Mahatma Gandhi got us freedom, through non-violence. Protests can be peaceful too; it is surely not required to put the point across, through violent protests. There is no justification for this heinous act. I strongly condemn the attack on the bus.."
It’s really inhuman to attack a school bus,with helpless children. I have seen a video where school kids were so petrified & were hiding under the seats.What future are we offering to these kids?Can we look into their eyes & teach them to feel, “Mera Bharat Mahaan”? 1/2 pic.twitter.com/oQpshOYUoU— Robert Vadra (@irobertvadra) January 25, 2018
Padmaavat Row: Kshatriya Community maintains low profile in Kolkata after warnings against violence
The warning came in the wake of chief minister Mamata Banerjee's remarks on Wednesday when she said she would be happy if
Yogendra Yadav also initiated a Twitter poll asking whether "Supreme Court should pro-actively take suo moto cognisance of #Padmavat violence and order the state governments to ensure that streets goons should not be allowed to effectively prevent the implementation of the SC directions in this case?"
Should the Supreme Court pro-actively take suo moto cognisance of #Padmavat violence and order the state governments to ensure that streets goons should not be allowed to effectively prevent the implementation of the SC directions in this case?— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) January 25, 2018