Padmavati movie row: The Princess of Jaipur enters the debate

The debate and controversy on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati are refusing to die down. Now, Princess Diya Kumari of the Royal Family of Jaipur has also entered the fray. She also a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.

Taking to her social media accounts, the Rajasthani Royal said:

I will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan & Sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians by movie.

She was referring to the newspaper reports which had people from across India raising objections on the movie claiming that Rani Padmavati, an icon in the Indian history, has not been presented currently.

Kumari said:

Rani Padmavati is symbol of Rajasthan’s bravery & honour, any attempt to lessen her & women who sacrificed their lives will not be allowed.

Many BJP leaders including seniors like Uma Bharti and Chintamani Malviya have criticised the movie.

Malviya took to Facebook and said:

“I protest and propose boycotting the movie ‘Padmavati’. I also request my well-wishers to not watch the movie. It is shameful to make such films for money. What can filmmakers, whose women family members change their husbands every other day, understand about the ‘Jauhar’? Mental deformation of Bhansali would not be tolerated in the name of freedom of expression.”

Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh and is slated for a release on December 1.

There were rumours that there were was a dream sequence and romantic scenes between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. This is the root of the problem and many groups want to be sure that none of them are in the movie. Shobha Pant, the CEO of Bhansali Productions, recently tried to clear the air when she said that none of such scenes are in the movie, and nor were they ever there even in the script of the movie, but the controversy is refusing to die down.

Ranveer Singh has this to say for Alauddin Khilji’s soul