- "Only the censor board has that right to comment," said Sidharth
- Salman Khan also supported the film
- Padmavati's release has been opposed by several Rajput outfits
The film bodies have also appealed to union ministers Smriti Irani and Rajnath Singh to allow "freedom of expression for filmmakers."
The Rajput outfits claim that the historical facts in Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini of Chittor, have been distorted and it wrong imputes a romance between Rani Padmini and Emperor Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh. Despite a clarification from Mr Bhansali, the outfits have called for a pan-India ban to its release.
Amidst Padmavati's impending release, the film's star Deepika Padukone was massively trolled for saying that 'we have regressed.' Speaking about the film's release, Deepika, 31, told news agency IANS, "Where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. 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," adding that the story of Padmavati needs to be told.
Meanwhile, a Rajput group, demanding a ban on Padmavati, targeted a cinema hall in Rajasthan's Kota, that was screening the film's trailer. Workers of the Rajput Karni Sena vandalised the shops in the mall.
Padmavati is scheduled to release on December 1.
(With PTI and IANS inputs)