In the raging ‘Padmaavat’ controversy, latest reports suggest that female members of the Kshatriya community in Chittorgarh on Saturday have threatened to perform "jauhar" (self-immolation) if the release of the film is not stopped by the government.
The decision was reportedly taken at a Sarvasamaj meeting held in Chittorgarh, which was attended by around 500 people, of which 100 women belonged to high-profile families.
According to reports, a Rajput Karni Sena member is slated to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his Udaipur visit on Sunday to request him to ban ‘Padmaavat’ screening in India.
It has also been reported that a Karni Sena representative will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday during his visit to Barmer district to request him to stop the film screening.
It has been alleged that if ‘Padmaavat’ releases despite these attempts, women of Kshatriya community will perform ‘jauhar’ on January 24, the day when Rani Padmini performed ‘jauhar’, and at the same site.
Due to the controversy, the gates of the historical Chittorgarh fort could be reportedly closed once again.
Karni Sena allegedly plans to block the national highways and railway tracks across Chittorgarh on Wednesday.
The film, already cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after five modifications and renamed from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmavat’ and now titled ‘Padmaavat’, is scheduled to release on January 25 across India.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has said the state does not intend to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Padmaavat' if there is nothing controversial in it.
'Padmaavat' will hit the theatres on January 25. The movie, which features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji, was earlier scheduled to release on December 1.
The movie, based on the legend of Hindu Rajput queen Rani Padmini, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540, had been facing protests from various groups, particularly Shri Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering with historical facts.