The release of film “Padmavati” are hatching up pressure on both censor board and government of country. This film is expected to be released on 1st December 2017 but yet it is not received any release certificate from censor board of India. The film is facing different problems from both political and people end. “Padmavati”, a movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is based on the story of Rani Padmavati. In several literature works especially in “Padmavat”, written by Sufi poet Mallik Mohammad Jayasi in 1540, rani Padmavati is projected as queen of beauty and symbol of sacrifices. This epic poem is originally written in Awadhi language. The story of Rani Padmavati has also found a place in Discovery of India written by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
The main forces who are protesting against the release are Rajput Karni Sangha and Rajput community. Although common people are also involved in this protest but they are getting there internal as well as external support from several political parties including BJP and Congress. Recently CMs of Gujarat, UP, and MP have said that the release would destroy the law and order in the State. They have also indicated that the movie will hurt the sentiment of the Rajput community. It is also well-understood fact that BJP government in Gujarat are getting some sort of political advantages by escalating this issue in common public so that they can fill their stomach with vote bank. Now let’s have a look on the stand of protestors and film fraternity.
Stand of Rajput community and other protestors
- They are raising objections on the director that he has distorted historical facts for entertainment and profit.
- They are also arguing that there is alleged indecent scenes which are portraying Rani Padmavati with Alauddin Khilji. In Chittore and other parts of Rajasthan, Rani Padmavati is considered as a local deity and the epitome of sacrifice and courage.
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali is also accused of wrong portraying of Rajput traditions and customs – misappropriation of an entire living culture, especially by projecting Rani Padmavati as a dancer in Ghoomar song.
Stand of director and film fraternity
- Director and film society are saying that they have used their right to freedom of speech and expression while making this movie.
- The film endeavors to portray the valour of queen to a large audience in India and the entire world.
- They are also saying that they have taken the necessary cinematic license for portraying entertainment in the film.
- They are also arguing that it is totally unacceptable to violence in such modern and civilized Indian society.
Lastly, I would like to conclude by citing a judgment of SC of India in a case of C.Rangrajan Vs. P. Jagjivan Ram. In that case, SC ruled that a state cannot take the right of freedom of speech and expression for just sake of ensuring law and order on the actual ground. It is a fundamental right of an individual which is guaranteed under article 19 of Indian Constitution.