Padmaavat faced a lot of controversies but it managed to cross all hurdles on it’s way to it’s release. Karni Sena, did violent protests all around the country and tried their best to stop people from watching the movie but later accepted the fact that the movie in no way demeans the dignity of Rajputs and rather the Rajputs are shown in a good light, also adding that every Rajput will feel proud after watching Padmaavat.
Now, when the industry took a sigh of relief another group of protesters from Rajasthan are now protesting against Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika, The Queen Of Jhansi.
The movie is based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai, the Queen of Jhansi, who sacrificed her life while fighting against the Britishers.
A group of protesters from Brahman group by the name, Sarva Brahman Mahasabha (SBM) are protesting against Manikarnika, they have alleged that the film makers are showing a love affair between Rani Lakshmi Bai and a British man.
The President of the Sarva Brahman Mahasabha (SBM), Suresh Mishra said in the press conference:
“We learnt about it from our friends and acquaintances in various parts of Rajasthan where some scenes of the film are being shot. The film is based on a foreigner’s book and tries to dampen the queen’s reputation.”
However, this Brahman Group feels that movie is based on the Book called Rani , which was banned by the government for showing the love affair of Rani Lakshmi Bai with a British man. Although, the author of the book said that the book is a work of fiction and is not a reality.
Suresh Mishra also claims that he has also sent some letters to the makers of the movie for their response, but they have not received any yet, which made them feel that something is fishy.
However, the producer of the movie, Kamal Jain in an interview with Hindustan Times said:
“The film shows Rani Laxmibai in a respectful manner. We have taken care about portraying her including consulting historians and scholars in Jhansi. She was a freedom fighter and one of the most respected leaders our country has seen. She is a symbol of valour in our country. The film’s story depicts the same. The film doesn’t portray anything objectionable about her. There is no love affair depicted in the film and there is no distortion of history in anyway. It pains me to hear these statements about one of the greatest leaders India has seen. Is this what independence means? We are making a film which depicts the real story of Rani Laxmibai. Having said that, we are open and willing to show the script (to people who might have doubts). We have nothing to hide. We are proud to be making a film and want the world to see one of the greatest leaders of India. This film is a tribute to Rani Laxmibai.”
Suresh Mishra also brought his future plans in limelight, he said:
“We will meet Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh and Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria seeking their intervention. In order to check that the issue doesn’t blow up like Padmaavat, the government must ensure nothing controversial is shown in the film. It should get an undertaking from the producers.”
We just wish that the things don’t get as ugly as it went on Padmaavat. The industry and the fans are not ready for yet another controversy. We hope this misunderstanding gets sorted really fast.
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