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Kept pride, honour of Rajputs in mind. No dream sequence, says Bhansali

Written by Tasneem Khan

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, following protests and problems against his film “Padmavati”, on Wednesday said the film upholds the honour of Rajputs and has not depicted anything that will hurt anyone’s sentiments.

A post on the official Twitter handle of “Padmavati” and in an accompanying video link, Bhansali, who has so far refrained from commenting much on the controversy, says: “I’ve made this film ‘Padmavati’ with a lot of sincerity, responsibility, and hard work. I have always been inspired by Rani Padmavati’s story and this film salutes her valour and sacrifice. But because of some rumours, this film has become a subject of controversy.

 The former royals of Jaipur have joined the opposition to Padmavati, which is scheduled to release on December 1. Divya Kumari said "Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians". Padmani Devi, wife of late Bhawani Singh, Maharaja of Jaipur, said: "Bjamsali has backed out of his commitment. When the Padamvati shooting began he had agreed to screen the film to us before release of any song or trailer."

The former royals of Jaipur have joined the opposition to Padmavati, which is scheduled to release on December 1. Divya Kumari said: “Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians”. Padmani Devi, the wife of late Bhawani Singh, Maharaja of Jaipur, said: “Bhansali has backed out of his commitment. When the Padmavati shooting began he had agreed to screen the film to us before the release of any song or trailer.”

“The controversy is over the fact that the film has a dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji — something that I have already denied even in written. Now through this video, I am reiterating that in our film, Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji have no such scene together which hurts anyone’s sentiments.

The movie, which is being called an epic historical drama, features Deepika Padukone as Rajput queen Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as her husband Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji.

It is slated to release on 1 December, but the film has been mired in controversy ever since it was in the midst of being shot, over alleged distortion of facts.

Bhansali was attacked at the Jaipur set of the film by activists of Rajput organisation Shri Rajput Karni Sena. Later, a set of the film in Kolhapur was vandalised and set on fire.

Karni Sena representatives have been voicing concerns over the film’s release, and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha has protested against its release too. Some political leaders are of the view that the makers must show the film to historians.

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