Karni Sena backs Brahmin Mahasabha's protest against Rani Lakshmibai biopic 'Manikarnika'

The makers of Kangana Ranaut-starrer "Manikarnika", on Tuesday said the movie neither distorts historical facts nor does it portray anything objectionable.

Published: 07th February 2018 03:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2018 03:54 PM   |  A+A-

Kangana Ranaut on the sets of 'Manikarnika' (Instagram Photo | @team_kangana_ranaut)

By IANS

JAIPUR: The Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which has strongly protested against the release of periodic drama "Padmaavat", has decided to back the Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha's protest against the "historical tampering" of Queen Laxmi Bai, also called Jhansi Ki Rani, in the film "Manikarnika" starring Kangana Ranaut.

The film is based on the life of 'Jhansi ki Rani' and allegedly shows the relationship of the queen with a British officer.

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Shree Rajput Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi, asked if his outfit is lending support to the Brahmin Mahasabha in its fight against the film, said, "Agar Brahmin ka khoon bahega to Rajput kya chup rahega, jab Rajput ka khoon baha to Brahmin kabhi chup nahi haha (Rajputs will never keep quiet if Brahmins are affected, and vice versa)." He claimed that 10,000 letters were signed with blood by Brahmins to protest the release of "Padmaavat".

On the issue of quashing of FIR against Sanjay Leela Bhansali, producer of "Padmaavat", and against Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, he said it had to happen as the apex court has already declared that the film should be released and linked it to the matter of freedom of expression.

"The High Court will definitely follow the Supreme Court. There is nothing new in it," he added.

Asked if there is any chance of the film being released in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat, Kalvi said the "Supreme Court cannot dictate to cinema halls to release the film and depute paramilitary forces outside cinema halls". The four states had earlier decided against releasing the film, and three of them had approached the apex court.

"What we know is that cinema hall owners are not ready to screen the film in any of these states," he said, adding that on February 9, new films are releasing and hence cinema hall owners will be more interested in those.

Film distributor Raj Bansal, who looks after the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh market, has refused to release the film in the two states. The Multiplex Association has also refused to release the film in Rajasthan, Kalvi said.

"We have asked the government to set up a pre-screening board to look into issues related to historical tampering of facts. We strongly propose forming a panel to look into the controversies emerging in films as 'Padmaavat' and 'Manikarnika'."

He said the proposal was liked by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and even Vice President Venkaiah Naidu when he was heading the Informatin and Broadcasting Ministry.

"This board should be constituted by the Censor Board, state government or Government of India and should sort out the disputes emerging at any time when any historical tampering is reported. In such times the expert panel's role should come in," he added.

He said the Censor Board had invited three panellists to watch "Padmaavat" but their views were not paid heed to, and added that a pre-screening board will have a legal voice.


 

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