Members of the Rajput Karni Sena vandalized a theatre in Aakash Mall in Kota, Rajasthan for showing the trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati.
The protest is mainly against Bhansali for allegedly distorting the history in Padmavati, a period-film scheduled to release on December 1.
The incident on Tuesday comes a day after makers of the film agreed to screen it for those who had doubts about its content once the film was passed by the censor board. "If Bhansali doesn't agree, our union won't let him shoot any film", Ram Kadam, the BJP MLA and head of Film Studio Setting and the Allied Majdoor Union, said.
Padmavati, based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor, has been met with resistance from certain quarters, mainly Rajput groups, who say the film wrongly implies a romantic relationship between Padmini and Emperor Alauddin Khilji. The demand for the formation of a panel to preview the movie before release is also gaining momentum, with threats range from bandhs to protests. What have we gotten ourselves into?
Commenting on the protests against her film, Deepika said, "It's appalling, it's absolutely appalling". And where have we reached as a nation? She says that her journey has been a pretty incredible. Swami lashed out on Twitter and wrote, " Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression! Meanwhile, in Udaipur Sakal Rajput Mahasabha-Mewar, an integrated group of various Rajput organizations, commenced a signature campaign to protest against the release of Padmavati in Rajasthan.
Even as the release date for the film comes closer, the state government has no plan of action to contain the tension.