MK Vishvaraj Singh, a royal member of Udaipur's Mewar has penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Ministers, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi and others, requesting them to withhold the certification and release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial 'Padmavati.'
Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani, Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Superintendents of Police were also mentioned in the recipient list.
Bhansali, in a recent video, assured that the magnum opus is based on reliable sources and is a tribute to the valor of the Rajput queen. However, Singh raised objections that the film is about his family and a chapter in the history of Mewar, but no one approached them to verify the facts or get permission.
He further said that he doubts the accuracy of historical facts in 'Padmavati' as it is reportedly based on Padmawat, an imagery poetry of the Sufi poet which also includes thinking and talking parrots.
“Movie has relied upon ‘Padmawat’ replete with poetic imagery,” Singh said, adding that the value of ‘Padmawat’ is not historically accurate. He further wrote that the offer to screen the film before historians seems to be a sham.
In the third point, MK Vishvaraj Singh wrote that the
“if the film professes to be history and its maker goes on record to claim that he has kept in mind cultural sensitivities, it is an artistic and historic fraud to portray an incorrectly attired courtesan-like painted doll in the song as the very “queen” the film purports to pay obeisance to. Every profession and attire has its correct place in civilized society and is respected as such; blurring lines by any one is asking for anarchy.”
The Royal member raised concerns about the effect of the movie on the future generation, who will see a distorted history of Mewar. "Allowing our history and culture to be misrepresented in such a manner before the public does make one question the ability and intentions of the Government," he said.
Lastly, Singh said,
"allowing commercial interests to override the sanctity of national pride and heritage would be a failure on the part of the Government and will not behove well for times to come".
The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts. The movie is slated to hit the theatres on December 1.