Earlier in the day, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti urged the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to not issue a censor certificate to "Padmavati" until the filmmakers delete "objectionable" scenes from the film. As public anger over the script and contorting history in a movie may lead to a severe effect on law and order of India.
Senior officers in the home department are of the view that the release of the film would come as an additional burden on the police which will be hard-pressed to ensure free and fair civic polls and the counting of votes on December 1.
The Indian Film and Television Directors' Association thanked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for providing security cover to Bhansali ahead of the film's release.
The organisation also alleged that Bhansali has hurt the religious sentiments of crores of Hindus while asking the censor board to take into consideration all these objections while censoring the film.
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The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is yet to watch the film, as clarified by its chairperson Prasoon Joshi. It is a known fact that various organisations, political parties and individuals from the Rajput community have been opposing the film's release claiming that it distorts history in telling the tale of Rani Padmavati.
In Jaipur, Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the reported comments by Deepika that nothing can stop the release of the film was provocative. They demanded that the movie should not be released. The sets were vandalised on two occasions and Bhansali was reportedly assaulted during one of the incidents. It was up to the Censor Board to decide on the film.
The period drama, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been facing protests from various groups, including Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts. According to historians, the legend of Padmavati first found mention in an Awadhi poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
When asked that the decision of the makers to organise a special screening for the disgruntled groups was surrendering to such elements, the director told PTI, "There is a lot of pressure and a lot of investment riding on you as a director". She was married to King Ratansen of Chittor, who refused to let Khilji see her - Rajput culture forbade women from meeting men they did not know well.
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