UP: Fate of still hangs in bal­ance

The Asian Age - - Nation - AMITA VERMA

Even as the re­lease date of San­jay Leela Bhansali’s con­tro­ver­sial Pad­ma­vat draws near, the fate of the film in Ut­tar Pradesh con­tin­ues to hang in bal­ance. The Yogi Adityanath gov­ern­ment has not cat­e­gor­i­cally said that it would al­low the film to be screened in the state. A home de­part­ment of­fi­cial has stated two days ago that there was no or­der to ban the pro­posed re­lease of the film as yet.

How­ever, he added on a cau­tious note, “In view of protests from cer­tain quar­ters, we are keep­ing a close watch on the de­vel­op­ments”.

The state unit of Karni Sena an­nounced on Satur­day that they would not al­low the film to be re­leased in UP.

“Re­mov­ing ‘ i’ from ‘ Pad­ma­vati’ or putting up a dis­claimer will not as­suage feel­ings. Th­ese tricks will not turn his­tory into fic­tion, as is be­ing claimed. We will ac­cept noth­ing short of a ban on the film”, said Karni Sena spokesper­son Dr Mumbai, 13: Union min­is­ter Ram­das Athawale on Satur­day said Bol­ly­wood film Pad­ma­vat should not be al­lowed to re­lease till the scenes which were “of­fen­sive” to the Ra­jput com­mu­nity were deleted from it.

He added that he would meet Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ( CBFC) Jan

Hi­man­shu Singh.

He said that the Karni Sena had ap­pealed to all chief min­is­ters not to al­low the film to be screened in their state and Ra­jasthan had ac­cepted their de­mand. “We have sought an ap­point­ment from Yogi Adityanath and we will con­vince him to ban the film”, he said.

The Karni Sena spokesper­son also slammed the Cen­sor Board for adopt­ing a pop­ulist ap­proach and clear­ing he film for ex­hi­bi­tion. Mean­while, the fresh salvo fired by the Karni Sena has put the chief Pra­soon Joshi soon in this re­gard.

“Chang­ing the name of the con­tro­ver­sial film, Pad­ma­vati ( to Pad­ma­vat), is not enough. Till the ob­jec­tions of the Ra­jput com­mu­nity as re­gards the film are not cleared, it should not be re­leased,” the Union min­is­ter of state for so­cial jus­tice and em­pow­er­ment said.

mul­ti­plex dilemma.

Groups of Karni Sena sup­port­ers went around mul­ti­plexes in Luc­know on Fri­day and Satur­day, warn­ing the man­age­ment not to screen Pad­ma­vat or be pre­pared to face the con­se­quences.

The man­ager of a mul­ti­plex chain said that they would like to be dou­bly sure be­fore screen­ing the film which is sched­uled to re­lease on Jan­uary 25.

“We can­not take any risk and ex­pose our mul­ti­plex to vi­o­lent el­e­ments,” he said.

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