BHOPAL: A group of ruling BJP MLAs, led by Satyapal Singh Sikarwar, has sought a ban on the screening of Padmavati in Madhya Pradesh.
The demand to impose a ban on the Bollywood film was raised on Friday evening at the end of the meeting with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal.
"I raised the issue before the CM and demanded that if possible, the government should ban the film's screening in MP, as its screening will hurt sentiments of a large segment of the population," said Satyapal Singh Sikarwar, the legislator from Sumaoli seat of Morena district.
His concerns were backed by a host of BJP MLAs, including Indore III MLA Usha Thakur, Sirmaur (Rewa) MLA Divyaraj Singh, Khategaon (Dewas) MLA Ashish Sharma and Amar Singh Yadav (Rajgarh) and others.
“There were over 50 legislators who expressed their concern over the issue and sought suitable action in the matter,” said Sikarwar.
The outspoken Indore III MLA Usha Thakur and some of the legislators were of the view about that if at all the film is released, it should be done only after being screened before the agitating organisations.
The legislators were particularly concerned over the costumes and dance sequences used in the film per se Rani Padmavati.
“The CM patiently heard our concerns and said he would take a final call in the matter after meeting representatives of Rajput organizations on Monday. We’ll also form part of the meeting on Monday and fervently hope that the CM will address the concerns of our clan appropriately,” the Sumaoli (Morena) MLA Satyapal Singh Sikarwar told the New Indian Express.
Already some other BJP leaders, including Ujjain MP Chintamani Malviya and state party chief Nandkumar Singh Chouhan have expressed their concerns about the film slated for December 1 release.
The Lok Sabha member from Ujjain, Chintamani Malviya had posted on November 6 a long post on the Facebook, calling for a social boycott of the film.
In the same post, Malviya had mentioned that film-makers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali understand the language of shoes “jooton ki bhasha.” Malviya said that people like Bhansali, whose female family members daily change their husbands, can never understand the greatness of Rani Padmavati’s jauhar.