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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ won’t be released till shown to Rajput leaders’

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (SLB) ambitious project ‘Padmavati’ seems to be in trouble much before its release. After the untoward incident in Jaipur’s ‘Jaigarh Fort’ where the film sets were vandalised and the filmmaker abused by Karni Sena members, comes yet another shocker for SLB.

A Rajasthan minister said that ‘Padmavati’ will not get a release in the state till it is shown to the Rajput community leaders who have objected to the movie, according to PTI.

“We will not allow the release of the film in Rajasthan till it is screened to our community members,” Energy Minister Pushpendra Singh told the gathering. He addressing a protest organised by Savarna Adhikar Aarakshan Manch near the assembly building.

The minister assured a section of the Rajput community that the film will not be released in the state.

A complete ban on the upcoming film in Rajasthan, quota for economically backward upper castes, including Rajputs, Brahman and others, formation of a board for upper castes, a CBI probe into the murder of a Rajput community member — Chatur Singh Sodha in Jaisalmer — were the demands of the protesters who were led by national president of Shree Rastriya Rajput Karni Sena Sukhdev Singh.

Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena is an offshoot of Karni Sena which had hit headlines sometime back for staging protest against Bhansali’s film alleging distortion of historical facts by the filmmaker.

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