Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder of the Rajput Karni Sena, claimed that as per the Cinematography Act, the government can withhold release of a movie for three months even after it gets a go-ahead from the CBFC.
Rajput group calls for countrywide 'bandh' on 1 December
Jaipur - 15 Nov 2017 20:00 IST
Updated : 21:24 IST
Calling actress Deepika Padukone's statement regarding the film Padmavati provocative, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena today called for a 'Bharat Bandh' (all-India shutdown) on 1 December if Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie is released on that date as scheduled.
"We will hold rallies across the country, including in Gurugram, Patna, Lucknow and Bhopal, before the release date," Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder-patron of the Rajput community group, said.
He claimed that all communities, including Muslims, support his group on the issue. "We demand a ban on the film. Now we don't want any pre-screening of the movie. All we want is a ban," he said.
Kalvi claimed that as per the Cinematography Act, the government can withhold the release of a movie for three months even after it gets a go-ahead from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly known as the censor board, and the stay can be extended further.
"We request prime minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter," Kalvi said.
He flayed Padukone's statement that "nothing can stop the movie's release", dubbing it "provoking".
Activists of the Karni Sena yesterday vandalized a theatre in Kota, Rajasthan, after reports that it was showing a trailer of Padmavati. The protestors pelted stones and broke windowpanes, gates and the ticket counter and also damaged some office furniture at the theatre in Akash mall, Anand Yadav, circle in charge of Gumanpura police station, told the IANS news agency on phone.
Kalvi said Bhansali's team had assured them in writing, a few months ago, that the film would be screened for members of his group before release. "But they did not do so. We will not allow distorted facts to be shown in the film at any cost and will see to it that the film is not released," Kalvi said.
"They are trying to defame queen Padmavati by distorting historical facts. It is not acceptable," an activist of the Karni Sena said.
Rajasthan State Commission for Women chief Suman Sharma, in a letter, urged CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi to watch the film and ensure that there is no assault on the dignity of women.
Sharma told reporters that she had appealed to the board that women from the Rajput community, too, should be included in the screening of the movie.