Peaceful release of Padmavati
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Padmavati is an upcoming epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji, with Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh in supporting roles.
'Padmavati' has been facing constant opposition in the form of violence and threats from members of Rajput Karni Sena ever since they disrupted the shoot of the film in Jaipur earlier this year. As the film's release nears, Rajput Karni Sena has intensified its protestations against the film. Few days back, they called for nationwide bandh on the day of the film's release.
Rajput Karni Sena member Mahipal Singh Makrana issued a threat , in which he said, "Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha." On the other hand, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Rajput Karni Sena chief said, "We will gather in lakhs, our ancestors wrote history with blood we will not let anyone blacken it; we will call for Bharat bandh on December 1."
Since freedom of speech and expression has been enshrined in our constitution by our forefathers, we hope the cinematic liberty is upheld, and no baseless rumours disrupt the release of the film. Also, the cast and crew of the film should be given full security, and strict action must be taken against those who issue such open threats to any citizen of the country.
Hope this matter of internal importance is dealt with seriously, and stringent steps are taken by the Central Government.
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