What is ‘Padmavati’– ‘magnum opus’ or ‘distortion of history’–let audience find out

Even as mere the trailer for the magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ has released so far, the tussle is already ongoing and getting heated between film stars and various Rajput outfits regarding the content of the film and whether there is any romance scenes between the Rani Padmini (played by Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (played by Ranveer Singh). Such has been the issue made for this film that a visibly miffed Deepika Padukone took to Twitter a couple of days back to seek Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani’s  intervention after members of a group destroyed a rangoli inspired by a Padmavati poster at a mall in Gujarat.

Through a series of tweets, Deepika expressed her anger and disappointment over the undue hate for the film which hasn’t even released yet. The actress, who essays the role of Rani Padmini, a Rajput Queen in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial, retweeted Shobha Sant (CEO of Bhansali Productions) who has clarified that the film doesn’t have a single scene with Ranveer Singh (who plays Alauddin Khilji) and Deepika in a single frame. Time and again, the makers of the film have issued clarifications stating that the film doesn’t have any romantic scene between Ranveer and Deepika. Yet, the sets of the film have been vandalised. The Rajput Karni Sena and Jai Rajputana Sangh have even warned further disruption.

A few days back, Jai Rajputana Sangh had demanded a pre-release screening to see if the makers had wrongly depicted history.  “We won’t tolerate any distortion of history and if any romantic relationship is shown between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, we will burn cinema halls screening the film,” India.com report quoted Bhanwar Singh Reta, founder, Jai Rajputana Sangh as saying.

Rajput Karni Sena on Wednesday threatened to further disrupt the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s magnum opus Padmavati, two days after its members vandalised a Rangoli inspired by the movie at a mall in Surat. “We removed a rangoli inpired by the film Padmavati at Rahul Raj Mall as a protest. The owner of the mall cooperated with us and apologized,” a member of the pro-Rajput group told ANI.

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