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Padmavati row: Producers defer release indefinitely amid threats, protests

The film ran into trouble earlier this year when a Rajput caste organisation attacked director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the set in Rajasthan


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The producers of “Padmavati” — a Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a Rajput queen — said on Sunday they had indefinitely delayed the release of the film, which has been accused of distorting history and has sparked protests.

The movie, which was due to go on release in India on December 1, has led to protests in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other states. It has also faced a delay in approval from the Indian censor board.

The studio behind the movie, - a joint venture between Viacom Inc and owned by - said on Sunday it had “voluntarily deferred the release date of the film.”

“We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film. We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course,” the company said in a statement.

The film ran into trouble earlier this year when a Rajput caste organisation, the Rajput Karni Sena, attacked director on the set in Rajasthan in January.

The Sena, based in Rajasthan, has been critical of the film, saying it would offend the Rajput community, and that Bhansali was deliberately distorting history.

Based on an epic poem by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, the film tells the story of Padmavati, the queen of the Rajput warrior clan and Mughal conqueror AlauDDin Khilji.

India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party had also warned the federal government that there would be law and order problems in Uttar Pradesh if the film was released.

First Published: Mon, November 20 2017. 07:51 IST