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Karni Sena approaches MIB for pre-censorship of period films

MUMBAI: Rajasthan’s Rajput caste organisation Shree Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) has approached the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) for pre- censorship of period films.

According to a PTI report, the group had recently protested against Sanjay Leela Bhansali period film ‘Padmavati’ for allegedly presenting ‘distorted facts’.

“We are asking the I&B Ministry about the pre-censorship of historic films. We are also hoping for some support from producer and director associations, and in fact they are ready to give their support,” PTI quoted Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi as saying.

Karni Sena had stalled the shooting of the Ranveer Singh–Deepika Padukone-starrer film by vandalising the set at the Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur and also assaulted director Bhansali. The attacks did not receive much criticism either from the state or from the central government, and I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s statements regarding the incident had been interpreted by some as being vague and backhanded.

“Our demands have been fulfilled by them (the film-makers of ‘Padmavati’). They have promised that they won’t show any kind of personal rapport between the actors in the movie (Rajput queen Padmavati and the then Muslim ruler in Delhi Allauddin Khilji),” Kalvi told PTI.

According to the report, Kalvi said his group would try to hold discussions over the pre-screening of all historic films to journalists and historians so there was ‘no distortion of history’.

Some TV and film industry members aren’t in support of the decision as they feel that, if the government implemented such pre-censorship of period films, it would be just a matter of time when similar demands would be made of historical and period serials aired on TV channels, the number of which are increasing on GECs.

The film ‘Padmavati’ is based on ‘Padmavat’, a celebrated ballad written in the Awadhi dialect of Hindi by 16th-century Indian Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

The plot revolves around the beautiful queen Padmavati, originally hailing from Sri Lanka, who married a Rajput prince and came to India, which was then made up of independent and princely states. She had to commit suicide by jumping into a pyre to save her honour from the Muslim ruler of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji, who got besotted by her reported beauty and annihilated her husband’s kingdom.