Padmavati Controversy

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bollywood film Padmavati has caused huge protests in India and there is now a campaign to ban it from British cinemas.

The protest is over the belief that the film insults a legendary 14th- century Hindu Queen Padmini who immolates herself rather than fall prisoner to a conquering Muslim ruler.

The film’s distributor in Britain, Paramount Pictures says it is reviewing the UK release amid reports that the producers wanted to clarify the situation in India. It was due for release on 1st December.

The director of the film Sanjay Leela Bhansali is meeting with the Central Board of Film Certification in India to resolve the situation. The lead actress Deepika Padukone is devastated how the controversy has gone out of control amid reports of death threats to the film’s cast and producers.

Various groups in India feel that the film is distorting history by using a romantic dream sequence between a Rajput queen Padmini and Sultan Alauddin Khilji, a claim denied by the filmmaker.

In London, the Hindu charity Rajput Samaj of UK has also declared its opposition to the film’s release but said that it will hold a peaceful protest over what is sees as a historically inaccurate account of Padmini. It said that it opposed any kind of violence.