Protests in five districts of Haryana over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 'Padmavati’

The protests which are going on against the movie `Padmavati’ across the Hindi belt in the country have now spread in Haryana too, in five districts of the state.

Published: 22nd November 2017 12:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd November 2017 12:28 AM   |  A+A-

Activists of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena Jharkhand wing hold placards demanding the ban on screening of upcoming Bollywood movie 'Padmavati' in Ranchi on Saturday. | PTI

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CHANDIGARH: The protests which are going on against the movie `Padmavati’ across the Hindi belt in the country have now spread in Haryana too, in five districts of the state.

After Haryana BJP chief media coordinator Suraj Pal Amu sparked a controversy as he offered a bounty of Rs 10 crore on actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the party has issued him a show cause notice. 

But now Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala has demanded that the promotion of the movie should be stopped till it is cleared of all controversies.

Sources said that there were protests in  Ambala, Karnal, Hisar, Mahendargarh and Dadri districts demanding the ban of the movie by various organizations including Rajputs.  

Without seeing the film the protesters claimed that in few scenes of the movie has been distorted changing the history and the rani has been shown in bad light. A few khaps, Rajputs and other organizations also burn the effigy of Bhansali. 

Sher Singh Rana, a leading Rajput leader said,"just to make money on the name of entertainment Bhansali has distorted history and created this whole controversy." 

He also appealed to the people that all the products endorsed by Deepika Padukone should not be used and people should stop purchasing them at once. 

"On November 25 from Surat a countrywide campaign will start," he said.

While in Dadari the local khap held a meeting in which it decided that till will hold protest against the movie on November 27 and in Hisar, a few organizations held a protest on the national highway.

Sources said that the state unit of BJP had issued a show cause notice to it’s chief media coordinator Suraj Pal Amu, as he had recently in a program he had announced to give Rs 10 crore to the person who brings him the heads of Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

The party had issued him a notice as he had not followed the party line and spoke himself, if he is not able to give a satisfactory explanation then disciplinary action can be taken against him by the disciplinary committee of the party.

Meanwhile, a complaint has been filed against Suraj Pal Amu in Gurugram for his comments on the actress and over the film. But Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar refused to comment on the issue.

Meanwhile yesterday the National Commission for Women (NCW) wrote to the Haryana DGP BS Sandhu seeking action against Amu. The commission told Sandhu to look into the matter immediately and take an appropriate action in accordance with the law and then apprise the commission what action has been taken.

The leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala has demanded that the promotion of the movie should be stopped till it (film) is cleared of the all controversies by the Central Board of Film Certification popularly known as the censor board, he (Bhansali) should voluntarily have done it and not even released the trailers.

Chautala alleged that Bhansali had deliberately spar of this controversy so that the film gets much needed publicity and then people come to watch it.

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