Jaipur, Nov 16: After a call for bandh on Dec 1 against the release of film, Padmavati, Rajput Karni Sena has now threatened to chop off actress Deepika Padukone’s nose if the film sees the light of the day.
“Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha,” said a leader of the group in a video released today, referring to the act of cutting the nose off. Another member of the Sena said, “We will gather in lakhs, our ancestors wrote history with blood we will not let anyone blacken it. We will call for a Bharat bandh on December 1.”
Padmavati is based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor and critics, mostly Rajput groups, say the film distorts history and wrongly picturises a romantic relationship between Queen Padmavati and Emperor Alauddin Khilji. Rajput say Rani Padmavati is highly revered for her sacrifice and valour. Padmavati performed jauhar ( self-Immolation) along with 16000 other women when her husband Ratan Sen was defeated by Khilji. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has repeatedly denied the allegations and even released a video clarifying that his film does not distort history.
“If we are talking about the respect of #Padmavati, then it is our moral obligation that we respect every woman. Disrespecting an actor is uncalled for and immoral,” union minister Uma Bharti has tweeted.
But Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of Uma Bharti’s party the BJP is yet to comment on the threats of the Karni Sena, which has also, in an open challenge to the state government, said that if Padmavati is not banned by November 17, it will stop tourists from entering the historical Chittorgarh Fort, where Rani Padmini is said to have lived in the 14th century.
Earlier this week, its members went on the rampage in Kota destroying shops and vandalising the ticket window of a cinema hall that was screening a trailer of the film.
Two days back Deepika, had however, said about the Rajput community protest : “”It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed,” she said, commenting on the hullabaloo the movie is causing pre-release.
“The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” Deepika had said, adding that the film industry’s support symbolises how “this is not about Padmavati… We’re fighting a much bigger battle”.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday had slammed Deepika on Twitter giving a “lecture on regression”.
He had tweeted: “Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.”