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Vasundhara, Shivraj and Adityanath take tough stand on ‘Padmavati’

Gorakhpur/Bhopal/Jaipur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today alleged that ‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is no less guilty than those issuing threats to actors and others involved with the film and asserted that if there is any action, “it will be against both the sides”.

Lashing out at the film-maker, he said Bhansali was “habitual of playing with public sentiments”.

The state government has said it would not allow the movie’s release till certain “controversial portions” are removed.

“No one has the right to take the law into own hands whether it is Sanjay Leela Bhansali or anyone else,” the chief minister said.

“I feel that if those threatening (the actors of the film) are guilty, Bhansali is no less guilty,” he told reporters here.

The chief minister said if there is any action, “it will be against both the sides.”

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said today that the film would not be allowed to be screened in the state if it contains scenes “breaching the honour” of the Rajput queen or portrays “distorted facts”.

The chief minister also said that a memorial of the queen Padmavati would be constructed at a site here, where a memorial for the country’s brave soldiers has been proposed.

On threats being issued to eliminate actors, Adityanath said, “Everyone should respect the feelings of each other. And I feel that if everyone has good thoughts and intentions, there would be amity in society.”

The film is based on Rajput queen Padmavati.

Amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji’s characters, various Rajput and other groups have been protesting across the country, including in Rajasthan, against the film, alleging it “distorts” history and hurts sentiments of people.

Historians are, however, divided on whether Rani Padmavati even existed.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has said that “Padmavati” will not be released in the state unless necessary changes as suggested to the Centre are made in the film.

In the letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani last week, Raje had suggested that a committee of historians, film experts and members from the Rajput community be formed to look into the film’s subject and necessary changes be made to it so that it does not hurt the sentiments of any community.

In a statement late last night, Raje made it clear that the film will not be released until the suggestions given to the Centre are incorporated.

State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria informed the chief minister on Monday that film distributors are not willingly to purchase rights of the movie till the controversy is resolved.

The film is based on Rajput queen Padmavati.

Various Rajput groups have been protesting across the country, including in Rajasthan, against the film, alleging it “distorts” history and hurts sentiments of people.

Raje had said that a filmmaker has the right to make a film as per their understanding but provisions were also there in the Constitution to control such rights in case public sentiments are hurt and law and order disrupted.