After Rajasthan and Gujarat, Haryana, Too, Bans Padmaavat

Rajasthan was the first state to ban Padmavaat, Gujarat too, has shut its doors to the Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer, citing possible law and order problems

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After Rajasthan and Gujarat, Haryana, Too, Bans Padmaavat

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat will be released on January 25


New Delhi:  Haryana became the third BJP-ruled state to ban "Padmaavat" -- the renamed version of Padmavati -- which will be released on January 25 after multiple edits, disclaimers and a change of title. The ban was announced a day after Chief Minister ML Khattar said they will take a call on the movie after watching it.

It is not yet known if the private screening was held. Haryana minister Anil Vij, who announced the ban on Twitter, later told the media that the decision was taken "in view of the safety and security of the state".

Mr Vij said he had raised the issue at the last meeting of the state cabinet and advised a ban. "In this movie, they have distorted all the historical facts... today again, I have raised this issue, now that the Censor Board cleared this movie," he said.

Rajasthan was the first state to ban the film, which was viewed by a group of former royals from the state following huge protests by Rajput groups.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had initially written to Union broadcasting minister Smriti Irani, urging that the film not be released "till necessary changes are made". But last week, a day after the film, with cuts and changes, was cleared by the Censor Board, Ms Raje announced it will not be screened in the state.

Gujarat too, has shut its doors to the Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer, citing possible law and order problems.

It is not yet known if the Rs. 190-crore costume drama will be screened in Uttar Pradesh. Asked about it, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "I am not a future-teller", news agency Press Trust of India reported yesterday.

Padmavati had been at the centre of protests since shooting for the film started, with Rajput groups alleging that that the film distorted history and tarnished the image of the legendary Queen of Chittor by suggesting a romance between her and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan said to be obsessed with her.

Queen Padmini, who was said to have immolated herself to escape falling into the clutches of the invading forces of Alauddin Khilji, is looked upon as an icon by the Rajput community.

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