Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming period drama Padmavati has been mired in controversy almost since the get-go over allegations of distortion of history. And at the very eye of the storm is a purported romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh).
In the last week, the furor surrounding the film reached a boiling point with fringe groups such as the Karni Sena threatening to derail Padmavati's release with violent protests. However, in an almighty twist, Bhansali came out with a clarification that there was no such dream sequence at all — something he says he's maintained from the start.
Now, Republic TV has accessed two letters that simultaneously offer clarity as well as deepen the mystery.
Effectively, this means: Bhansali had clarified in January 2017 that there was no intimate scene. And the Rajput Sena acknowledged (and claimed credit) that there was no such scene. And yet, for over 9 months since, tensions over the scene have only escalated and the communal-caste pot has been allowed to simmer in both Rajasthan and Gujarat.
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