Gujarat will not screen Padmavati

Avatar Written by November 22, 2017 18:00

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday said his government will block the release of the Bollywood movie, Padmavati, in the state, because “we cant allow our history to be distorted”.

This makes Gujarat the fourth state to oppose the film’s release, after Rajasthan, UP and MP, all BJP-led states.

“The Government of Gujarat will not allow #Padmavati a movie hurting sentiments of Rajputs to get released in the State. We cant allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech & expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated, Rupani tweeted.

Rajputs and other fringe groups have been staging protests across the country demanding for a ban on the period film.

On Tuesday, Yogi Adityanath accused filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali of playing with publics sentiments.

Adityanath said the director was no less guilty than those issuing threats of beheading to actors involved with the film. He asserted that if there was any action, it will be against both the sides.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had previously shot a letter to Information & Broadcast Minister Smriti Irani, asking her to release the film only after making necessary changes.

The CBFC is yet to certify the film. Film producers Viacom, however, had voluntarily deferred the release date.

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