Padmavati Controversy: Day After Karni Sena Threat, Protests Erupt Across Nation - Highlights

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Padmavati Controversy: Day After Karni Sena Threat, Protests Erupt Across Nation - Highlights

Amid calls for ban, Padmati remains embroiled in controversy. (File photo)

New Delhi:  Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming epic drama film, remains embroiled in controversy ahead of its release. Deepika Padukone, the lead actress, received threats yesterday from Rajput group Karni Sena triggering sharp reactions from several quarters. Ms Padukone has been given special security by Mumbai Police after Karni Sena threatened to chop off her nose. 

Another group from Uttar Pradesh Chatriya Samaj issued open threat and announced a reward of Rs 5 crore for anyone beheading Mr Bhansali or Ms Padukone. However, several Bollywood actors have come out in support of the movie as the row refuses to die down. The movie is slated for release on December 1. 


Here are the highlights of the Padmavati controversy:




Nov 17, 2017
19:46 (IST)
Protestors in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal declare bounty of Rs 50 lakh on Padmavati makers: ANI

According to news agency ANI, protests in Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh have declared a bounty on 'Padmavati' director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Deepika Padukone.

Nov 17, 2017
16:18 (IST)
Rajput Karni Sena also marked protests in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, against Padmavati reiterating their demand for ban on the film, ANI reported. 
Nov 17, 2017
16:14 (IST)
A nationwide strike has been called by the Rajput group, Karni Sena, on December 1 when the movie is set for theatrical release. The group earlier vandalized a movie theatre in Kota in Rajasthan and has now called for a ban on the movie over historical inaccuracies. 

Nov 17, 2017
15:19 (IST)
Amid open threats and calls to ban the movie, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted today saying, "The Padmavathi protests has given a set back to seven other films planned to show "humane" Muslim badshahs pursued by captive Hindu queens."  
Nov 17, 2017
14:42 (IST)
Padmavati, the upcoming historic drama, has prompted widespread protests across the nation.Women from the Rajput Community in Patna, Bihar, also echoed sentiments of the community in Rajasthan and said they would not allow the movie to be released in the state. Rajput Karni Sena President Lokendra Singh Kalvi also registered his presence at the protest. 
Nov 17, 2017
14:14 (IST)
An unknown person fired shots during protests outside Chittorgarh Fort today, ANI reported. The entry to the 7th century fort remains restricted for tourists. 
Nov 17, 2017
13:37 (IST)
While protesters blocked the entry of Chittorgarh Fort, which houses Padmini's Palace, Superintendent of Police Chhittorgarh Prashan Kumar Khamsera said the fort was not officially closed. "We have been informed by the protesters that entry to the fort will be blocked for tourists. We have made ample security arrangements to deal with the situation," he told PTI. 
Nov 17, 2017
13:31 (IST)
The movie is said to be based on the epic poem Padmavat written by Sufi poet Malik Mohammad Jayasi in Awadhi language in 1540. 
Nov 17, 2017
13:11 (IST)
Criticising the widespread protests against Padmavati, social activist Brinda Adige asked why the police was not arresting people issuing open threats to actress Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. "Why is the police not arresting these people who are making these kind of threatening remarks because they have no right to make these threatening remarks." 

"I think these fringe elements need to be asked a very serious question why would you not in a democracy allow the citizens to watch the movie and decide for themselves," she told ANI. 
Nov 17, 2017
12:40 (IST)
In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Sanskriti Bachao Manch warned to file a case of treason against Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, according to ANI. The group also performed a havan against Mr Bhansali and movie's lead actress Deepika Padukone, playing Queen Padmavati in the movie. 
Nov 17, 2017
12:19 (IST)
Rajasthan's Chittorgarh Fort remains closed today amid protests against the movie. The tourists were told to go back in the morning. Vandalism was reported at the 7th century fort earlier when Sanjay Leela Bhansali was shooting the movie here. 
Nov 17, 2017
12:12 (IST)
The protesters have alleged there are factual inaccuracies in the movie. Members of the Karni Sena have claimed the movie is an attempt to defame queen Padmavati. Mr Bhansali has denied the claims about historical inaccuracies. 
Nov 17, 2017
11:24 (IST)
A petition has been filed by a lawyer in the Supreme Court against the upcoming Bollywood period drama Padmavati. The petitioner has sought deletion of objectionable scenes from the movie, according to ANI. The top court has said it would consider the plea. 
Nov 17, 2017
11:11 (IST)
A havan was performed by the members of Shiv Sena against the Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Varanasi today. The party members said they would not allow the film's release, ANI reported. 
Nov 17, 2017
10:55 (IST)

Attacking the filmmaker yet again, Rajput Karni Sena President Lokendra Singh said today the group would not allow the film's release. "Do not provoke us," he threatened while speaking to ANI. Referring to the filmmaker and the raging controversy, he asked, "Who is responsible for the situation?" 

"If Padmavati will be shown as the lover of Khilji then who will accept it," he said. 


Nov 17, 2017
10:07 (IST)
Calling for a ban on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, communities in Chittorgarh stage a protest outside Chittorgarh Fort as the fort remains closed, ANI reported. 
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