Rajput Karni Sena withdraws protest against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Padmaavat
The battle between the Shri Rajput Karni Sena and ‘Padmaavat’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali finally came to an end with the fringe group voicing its support for the film.
The year-long row took an unexpected turn with one of the groups saw the film on Friday evening and came out stating that the courage and sacrifice of the Rajputs have been showcased in the movie. A letter signed by Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena's national vice-president Yogendra Singh Katar and Sena's Maharashtra coordinator Jeevan Singh has reportedly been handed over to Bhansali production, claiming that they do not have any objection over screening the movie now.
Katar said, "We saw the movie and do not find anything wrong or defamatory in the movie. So, we have decided to withdraw our agitation against the movie and will allow its release in Gujarat and Rajasthan."
In their letter, the group themselves stated that there is no objectionable scene between the Delhi Sultanate Alauddin Khilji and Queen Padmini of Mewar which hurts the sentiments of Rajputs, one of the main allegations that lead to mass protests in parts of the country. The group also declared that they take 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.
Earlier in the day, the Rajasthan High Court ordered the special screening of 'Padmaavat' on Monday,
Following a petition filed by film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to quash an FIR filed against him and actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh at Deedwana police station last year in March.