Rajput Karni Sena to approach I & B Ministry on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, says stand not against art but distortion of history
FILMIPOP February 14, 2017, 02:42pm
Last month, the activists of Rajput youth organization Shree Rajput Karni Sena assaulted filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and vandalised Padmavati sets in Jaipur last month for allegedly having dream love making scene between film's lead pair Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh who are portraying the role of the royal queen Rani Padmini and the Mughal Emperor Alauddin Khijlji in the film. Coming out in public, the organisation, today, defended their tough stance against Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati while advocating the creation of a ‘Pre-Censor Board’ to monitor all period films and prevent any misrepresentation of history.
“We are not taking offence towards every form of art, or as a matter of fact against any filmmaker who wants to tell a period drama. But tampering the glory of Rajput history is something that needs to be considered with great amount of seriousness. Truth often gets overshadowed by the subjectivity of perception which can mislead generations of audience and result in poor understanding of history. And when comes to Bollywood, it has happened several times in the recent past, such as in the case of the film Jodha Akbar in 2008,” said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Founder, Shree Rajput Karni Sena said at a press conference held in the national capital today.
In a first-of-its-kind public policy advocacy, the Sena said their representation to the I&B Ministry includes a demand on setting up of a panel of experts to act as a ‘Pre-Censor Board’ tasked to supervise the filming of historical films in India.
“In our opinion, a pre-censor board consisting of experts should supervise and monitor any historical film to be made. This will help in overcoming the complications which come up during or after the film is made,” added Mr. Kalvi.
Bhansali’s Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has attracted major controversy over its potential depiction of history. The film is based around the story of the invasion of Rajputana by Alauddin Khilji in the year 1303.
“We have been working for more than 10 years to safeguard the glory of the Rajput community and our ancestors. We are proud of our heritage and will not tolerate any conspiracy that compromises our self-respect. It’s unfortunate to see the Censor Board endorsing Bhansali. Few days back, when we met the censor board authorities, they told us that no action can be taken before the entire film is made and comes to us for review. However, I have personally met the director who has assured us that the film will show no intimate scenes between Ranveer and Deepika,” said Mr Kalvi, talking about the Sena’s objection to the depiction of love scenes between the characters of Allauddin Khilji and Padmavati.
Last week, in a letter issued on behalf of Sanjay Leela Bansali Productions, the production house has agreed officially to the following demands subjected by the Sena: Whatever be the relationship between Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in real life, there should be no romantic sequence between
1. Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati shown in the film.
2. No intimate scene should be shooted between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, even in the manner of dream sequence.
3. Shooting cannot be resumed until there is a written agreement and consent between the makers and the Sena.