After more than a year of launching massive protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, Karni Sena announced on Friday that it decided to take back its protest and accepted that the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs.
The protests started when Bhansali was assaulted on the sets of the film in Jaipur as the members of the fringe group claimed that the film has a romantic sequence between Deepika Padukone’s Padmini and Ranveer Singh’s Alauddin Khilji.
The protests agains the film was one of the most talked about controversy in 2017. The protest continued in many states across India and came to a head around film’s release.
‘On the directions of organisation’s national President Sukhdev Singh Gogamadi, a few members watched the movie in Mumbai on Friday, and found that the movie glorifies the valour and sacrifice of Rajput and every Rajput will feel proud after watching the film,’ said Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena’s Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar.
In a letter, he said, there is no such objectionable scene between Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji and Queen Padmini of Mewar which hurts the sentiments of Rajputs. Karni Sena takes back their protest and will help the administration to release the film in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as well as across all cinema houses in India.
The film was released in theatres across India on January 25 amid tight security and protest from various groups, including Karni Sena. It was to be released on December 1 earlier.