Karni Sena withdraws protest against Padmaavat, says it glorifies Rajput valour

On Friday, February 2, Shri Rajput Karni Sena announced to withdraw its protests against the much controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’, claiming that the movie only glorifies the valour and pride of Rajputs.

Yogendra Singh Katar, Karni Sena’s Mumbai leader stated that under the directions of Sukhdev Singh Gogamdi, national President of the organisation, several members watched the movie in Mumbai and realized that the movie in real only seems to glorify the pride and sacrifice of the Rajputs and that every Rajput should watch the movie, only to feel proud.

In a letter, he said that the movie does not contain any objectionable scenes between ruler Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini which could possibly hurt the sentiments of Rajput. He declared that the Karni Sena withdraws their protest and will in fact help the administration release the movie in the remaining states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and across all cinema theatres in India.

The movie had released across theatres in India on 25 of January amidst tight protection from various fringe groups including the Karni Sena.

Sources: Scroll, Economic Times

Padmaavat open well in overseas markets, beats Baahubali and Dangal record

The release of Padmaavat in the international markets has seen an incredible opening. UK, Australia and New Zealand have received huge box office collections on the first day of its screening.

Times Now reported that the film has surpassed collections of    Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (Hindi version) and Dangal. The collections of Baahubali 2, was $212 thousand, and Dangal, was $247 thousand respectively. Padmavaat opened with a collection of $347 thousand.  It earned £97 in UK and $64 thousand in New Zealand with the paid preview screening. The film received Rs 5 crore through the paid previews in India.

“Padmaavat has seen a fabulous start in the overseas markets of Bollywood,” Taran Adarsh, Senior Trade Analyst tweeted.

According to a report in The Quint the opening in Indian markets was predicted to be Rs 35 crore. However, this did not happen and was lower than the expected amount because of the violent attacks and protests in the country surrounding the film release. The film is yet to hit screens in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. This has caused a drop in the expected collections.


SOURCE:  The Quint, Times Now

Gurugram Schools to stay shut till Sunday as Padmaavat protests turn violent

At least four schools in Gurugram have announced holiday for the rest of the week after G D Goenka School’s bus carrying school kids was attacked by a mob protesting the film “Padmaavat” on Wednesday, January 24.

Despite the district administration and the Gurugram police assuring security the management of the schools have decided to shut down as a safety measure against the ongoing threats. The well known schools of the city including Pathways school, G D Goenka School, Shiv Nadar School and Delhi Public School have decided to remain closed till Sunday.

On Wednesday, a group of protestors reportedly pelted stones at the G D Goenka World School bus near Bondshi . The school bus was carrying 25 students. “We do not want to take any risk with the life of students. Protection of students outside and inside is our prime concern,” a school teacher told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

To avert any disturbances by the anti-social elements outside the cinema halls in the district, Section 144 was imposed in Gurugram, two days ahead of the release of the controversial film ‘Padmaavat’. According to a senior official, the Gurgaon police have arrested 20 people for allegedly violating prohibitory orders.

Sources: Livemint, The Statesman

Padmaavat vandalism: Contempt petition filed in SC against four states

The Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to hear on Monday, January 29, a contempt plea against Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for failing to contain mobs protesting against the release of controversial film ‘Padmaavat’.

The plea was filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla after the SC on Tuesday, January 23, rejected the final attempt by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to ban the film amid protests by Rajput groups. A separate plea also seeks action against the Rajput Karni Sena for violating the apex court orders by carrying out violent protests in many states.

In the interim, the Delhi High Court declined to engage another supplication against the release of the movie and guided the petitioner to approach the Supreme Court. “Every new request of will be taken up on Monday,” a seat including Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.

Protesters led by the Karni Sena have blocked roads, burned buses and toll booths and even vandalized theatres over the past few months. On Wednesday, January 24, a school bus in Haryana’s Gurugram was attacked by Karni Sena supporters over the release of ‘Padmaavat’.

The video of scared children crouching in the school bus targeted by hooligans protesting the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie prompted nationwide outrage. Earlier, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana had banned the film, despite the censor board’s go-ahead earlier this month.

Sources: Outlook, Republic

‘Padmaavat’ Bandwagon continues: Producers move to Supreme Court

As Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film ‘Padmavaat’ is set to release, the movie still faces ban in Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and  Rajasthan. The producers today moved the matter to the  Supreme Court (SC) challenging the ban on its screening by these states. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear the petition on Janurary 18.

The film producer has mentioned in his petition, of the film undergoing many changes including its title to meet all suggestions of the Censor Board. 

The producer questioned the power of the State government on imposing a complete ban on the film in spite of the SC clarifying that screening of a film can only be suspended in an area if the law and order of the situation in that area is disturbed.

The film faced stiff opposition from many BJP leaders in Haryana. Both Anil Vij and Vipul Goel had urged Information and broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to ban the film in November.

Haryana announced its ban on Padmaavat yesterday. The Haryana cabinet headed by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar approved proposals of the same and Minister Anil Vij tweeted “Film Padmavati/Padmaavat banned in Haryana,” yesterday.

Source: TOI, HT