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Rajasthan Minister on Padmavati Row: If History Is Tampered, People Have the Right to Protest

Rajasthan’s social justice minister has justified protests around the film by stating that filmmakers do not have the right to distort history and if they do, people have the right to protest.

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Updated:March 16, 2017, 7:50 PM IST
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A day after Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati set was torched in Kolhapur, Maharashtra by fringe activists, Rajasthan’s social justice minister has justified protests around the film by stating that filmmakers do not have the right to distort history and if they do, people have the right to protest.

Arun Chaturvedi, while speaking to CNN News 18, said that Rajasthan government had not given any assurance to Karni Sena, when they put forth certain demands around the film at a meeting that was held with ministers of Rajasthan government. “They had demanded a ban on the film’s shooting but the government has not given them any assurance over it.”

Chaturvedi personally though feels, that history should not be ‘tampered’. “Whenever facts are tampered, there will be strong reactions from people.”

While Chaturvedi did mention that the government has not given Karni Sena any support or assurance over their demands, it is also important to note that no arrests have been made two months after Sanjay Leela Bhansali was assaulted on the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur. The sets were vandalized over an objection over a scene which was to feature Allaudin Khilji and Rani Padmini in a romantic dream sequence. The Karni Sena was later assured by Bhansali Productions that no such scene would be shot and that a screening of the film would be arranged for them prior to the film’s release.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Rajasthan Karni Sena has threated bigger protests if the film is not according to their liking. Soon after the attack in Jaipur, Padmavati crew left Rajasthan and shifted their location to Kolhapur where fringe activists torched the film.

Deepika Padukone, who plays the lead role in the film, strongly condemned the act while speaking to CNN News18’s Rajeev Masand. Calling the protests ‘childish and baseless’, Deepika questioned the origin of the news. “The protests were based on a news in a tabloid. People should have spoken to concerned team and verified facts before protesting.”

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