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Karni Sena withdraws protest against ‘Padmaavat’

SNS | New Delhi |

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat was released last month amid raging protest by fringe group Karni Sena and other Rajput groups. However, the protest has now been withdrawn by the Karni Sena.

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Friday announced that it has decided to take back its protest against the release of Padmaavat, stating the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs. Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena’s Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar said that on the directions of organisation’s national President Sukhdev Singh Gogamadi, a few members watched the movie in Mumbai on Friday, and found that that the movie glorifies the valour and sacrifice of Rajput and every Rajput will be feeling proud after watching the film.

There is no such objectionable scene between Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji and Queen Padmini of Mewar which hurts the sentiments of Rajputs, he said in a letter, declaring that the Karni Sena takes back their protest and will help the administration to release the film in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat as well as across all cinema houses in India.

The film was initially banned in four states. The Supreme Court had lifted the ban on the movie imposed by several states and directed them to ensure its nationwide release. However, theatre owners in many states didn’t screen the film citing the law and order situation.

The Karni Sena had staged protests alleging that the movie distorts the historical facts and that the Rajput community has been shown in a bad light.

The Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer film Padmaavat is widely being praised. The movie has entered the 100 crore club and is still running strong despite receiving a snub from several states.

(With IANS inputs)