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Now, Mumbai BJP politician jumps onto anti-Padmavati bandwagon

Ram Kadam, legislator from Ghatkopar in Mumbai, threatened to block the shooting of every future Bhansali film.

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Ram Kadam, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Ghatkopar in Mumbai and head of the Film Studio and Allied Mazdoor Union, has joined the bandwagon of politicians calling for a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati.

Kadam warned today that if Bhansali did not "remove objectionable scenes" from the film, he would not be allowed to shoot any films in the city in future. 

Speaking to the ANI news agency, Kadam said, "Our union will not support a person who distorts history for the publicity of his film and will demand a ban if needed. If Bhansali does not agree [to delete some scenes], our union will not let him shoot any film in the future." 

Meanwhile, Rajput Karni Sena member Lokendra Kalvi threatened violence if Bhansali's film contained what he called objectionable content. The group had previously demanded that the film be shown to it before its release on 1 December. 

The group had also carried out a protest in Bengaluru's Freedom Park earlier in the day. Five hundred members of the Rajput Karni Sena gathered in the park demanding that the movie's release be stalled. 

These demands come as a contradiction to the BJP's stance that the film will be allowed to be released in theatres. Earlier in the week, filmmakers and members of the Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA) wrote to Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani and home minister Rajnath Singh to 'allow freedom of expression for filmmakers'. 

Earlier in the day, the Maharashtra government offered police protection to director Bhansali against threats of violence. 

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