“Acche Din” for the Release of Padmavati Movie?A film maker and director Sanjay Leela Bansali has made a film on a rajput queen called Padmavati based on Malik Muhammad Jayasi's poetic creation "Padmavat", an account on this queen. Without seeing the film there were violent protests against the film. The Karni Sena, a group of rajputs had threatened actor Deepika Padukone and film director Sanjay Leela Bansali of mutilation and physical harm. It was not only the Karni Sena and other Hindu outfits, but some BJP leaders had also demanded a ban on this film. The screening of this film has been banned in BJP ruled states. One of the BJP leader announced a bounty of Rs 10 crore on the heads of actress Deepika Padukone and the film maker. The film maker was summoned before a parliamentary committee to explain his side. Nothing came out of it.
This film was denied screening certificate by the apex and final body for certification, the censor board, on some technical grounds. Seeing all these, the release of the film postponed for an indefinite period.
The main logic of the protesters was that the film was distortion of history and against the Hindu pride. The ridiculous point of protest is that nobody has seen the film. Historians are also divided on the issue of whether such Padmavati actually existed.
This controversy has been on the national scene for the last two and half months. The silence of the central government on this issue is alarming. These protests seemed to aggravate just before Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh polls. Now the situation is calm. This hints at whether those agitations were a sponsored protests to polarise Hindu voters during the polling period. Since there are no elections now, we should expect the release of this film. Please opine.