Mr. Chouhan described Rani Padmavati as rashtramata and said a chapter on her life will be included in Madhya Pradesh school text books from next academic year.
"Rashtramata Maharani #Padmavati will be taught in schools from next syllabus (sic). Our children will get to know from books about her greatness and not depend on distortions (sic)," ANI tweeted as Mr. Chouhan saying.
Rashtramata Maharani #Padmavati will be taught in schools from next syllabus. Our children will get to know from books about her greatness and not depend on distortions: MP CM Shivraj Chouhan pic.twitter.com/FIcTVxyc7u— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2017
Putting the release of "Padmavati" in his state in limbo, Mr. Chouhan on Monday said the film will not be released in his state even if it clears the Censor Board.
The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the legend of Rani Padmavati starring Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
Mr. Chouhan yesterday announced that a 'Rashtramata Padmavati Award' has been instituted by his government for people doing outstanding work for the protection of women.
The chief minister made this announcement at an event where BJP's Madhya Pradesh chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan called the director of the film a "sinner" and alleged that history had been tampered with for the sake of money in the film.
In his speech yesterday, the chief minister said that the film would not be allowed to be screened if it "distorted facts" or breached the honour of the legendary Rajput queen.
"We have been studying about the rare sacrifice and dedication of queen Padmavati since our childhood," he said yesterday referring to the legend that the queen had committed "jauhar" (self immolation) before Chittor could be captured by Alauddin Khalji in 13th-14th century.
"Padmavati" film has been dogged by months of controversy, mainly from Rajput groups who want an advance screening of the film for reassurance that it does not depict a romance between Rani Padmini and Emperor Alauddin Khilji - legend has it, she committed jauhar to escape his invading army.
(With Inputs from Agencies)
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