Padmavati to Padmavat, one of the most controversial movies of Bollywood, has finally got its release date, which is on January 25. But, it has not been easy sailing for the movie. The film crew has been attacked, sets have been vandalised, hardliners have threatened to mutilate the lead actor and Indian states have pleaded with the supreme court and prime minister to ban the film.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie’s director, was manhandled during the shoot in Rajasthan. A group of people from Karni Sena opposed the movie and wanted a ban on it. Karni Sena openly threatened high-intensity violence if the movie is released.
In Mumbai, Padmavati to Padmavat. mobs have set fire to cars. In Gurgaon, a satellite city south of Delhi, people set fire to a bus and pelted stones. A school bus in Haryana state was attacked on Wednesday, while riot police clashed with hundreds of protesters in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat states.
A revolt was started against the movie in entire country and it got major support from politicians. The Uttar Pradesh government of Chief Minister Yogi Aditya nath has written to the Centre saying that the release of the film can pose a law and order problem for the state.
The controversy erupted a year ago when rumours spread that the film, starring Deepika Padukone and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, would depict a love scene between the queen and a Muslim conqueror, Alauddin Khilji. No such scene exists, but the repeated denials by Bhansali have failed to douse the protests and violence, which swelled again after the release of the film’s first trailer.
Padmavati to Padmavat first day collections are expected to be huge. The reason for all this buzz is the presence of Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles for the movie. We must also agree that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had managed to steal some craze among the audience with Padmaava movie.
Padmavathi will be one of the huge releases of 2018 and we have to wait for what is going to happen to this movie at the Box Office. Padmavathi movie was made with the budget of 200 Crores and so the release of this movie in a larger number of theatres all over the world is necessary.