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'Padmavat' to not release in Rajasthan

ANI  |  Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati', now titled 'Padmavat', will not be released in Rajasthan, the state's home minister, Chand Kataria, said on Monday.

"Following earlier orders of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, movie 'Padmavat' will not be released in the state," told ANI, hours after the January 25 release date of the movie was announced.

Meanwhile, the Shri Rajput is not happy with the news, and have declared to gherao the CBFC office in as well as hinted on gheraoing the in the capital to bolster their protest.

Calling for the dismissal of the Censor board's Prasoon Joshi, told ANI, "We'll soon gherao the CBFC office on Mumbai, and we may also surround the PMO in Delhi, but we will not let the film release."

Gogamedi also called on Modi to discharge Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Rajyavardhan Rathore from their respective offices for their support to 'Padmavat'.

"The removal of 'I' in the title doesn't change the history they have shown in the film. Even if they keep only the 'P', we will still not let the movie release," Gogamedi added.

Gogamedi said the historians too have rejected the movie, and alleged the movie was part of an underworld conspiracy to break apart the unity of the country.

"The committee of historians also rejected the film saying it would create a controversy between Brahmins and Rajputs. This movie has been made to divide the Hindus, and to divide Hindus and Muslims; this movie is part of a controversy created to create communal riots in the country," Gogamedi said, and added, "This is a direct terror activity on Hindu culture. Earlier too, there have been connections between and terrorists like and Dawood Ibrahim."

The flick, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by in 1540, has been facing protests from various groups, particularly Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts.

The CBFC suggested few modifications in the controversial movie 'Padmavati', which included changing of the film's title to 'Padmavat', in December last year.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 18:10 IST