Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Padmaavat

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“The numbers are decent because the film had only twothree shows in paid previews.”

Thursday was calmer than Wednesday when widespread violence by members of Rajput groups was reported from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh resulting in schools being closed in Gurgaon and Noida. In Gurgaon, people were greeted with signboards saying Padmaavat’s screening had been “cancelled”, a day after a school bus was attacked by a mob.

Police reported sporadic incidents of road and rail blockades and a shutdown in some towns of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh having a high proportion of Rajput population.

About two dozen shops were vandalised in Udaipur and Karni Sena took out a bike rally in Jaipur whereas the administra­tion allowed only entry of tourists in Chittorgar­h Fort, the so-called home of Padmini. “Barring a few incidents in Chittorgar­h, Udaipur, Dungarpur and Banswara, the situation is under control,” said additional director general of police NRK Reddy.

“Our protest against the film is continuing. The Shree Rajput Karni Sena took out a bike rally in Jaipur and similar protests took place in other areas also,” said Mahipal Makrana, president of the Karni Sena, the little known group that has accused Bhansali of portraying the queen in poor

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