Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Rajput Karni Sena announces withdrawal of protest against 'Padmaavat'

Rajput Karni Sena announces withdrawal of protest against 'Padmaavat'

After creating a lot of brouhaha over the release of Padmaavat, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has finally announced its decision to withdraw the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus.

While Kalvi also took a jibe at other organisations with similar names, the president of SRRKS Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi had some explanation on his hand. After claiming that the Bhansali's Padmaavat was degrading the Rajput community, the Karni Sena called off their protest stating that the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs.

The letter, signed by Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh, stated that the group's members watched the film and chose to withdraw the protest unconditionally. "We have not seen the film, so our protest will continue".

They were furious about a reported "letter" by a few leaders of "Karni Sena", in which they declared that they're withdrawing the protest against the movie. "The letter is not authentic", he said.

Karni Sena has realised that the film doesn't denigrate but glorifies the Rajput clan.

This begs the question: why were they protesting against a film they had so little knowledge about? "There were two issues: one related with faith and the other with history".

"We haven't withdrawn the protest against the movie".

However, Kalvi clarified the group will not oppose the special screening of the film at a theatre in Jodhpur, where a high court judge is scheduled to watch it on Monday in connection with a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. After seeking the ban on Padmaavat across India, Karni Sena said that they will be helping the administration so that the film can release in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat as well as across all cinema houses in India.

The controversy-struck film Padmaavat that released on January 25 faced backlash from Rajput outfits since its beginning.

The film missed its December 1 release as it was stuck with the CBFC over certificate clearance issues.

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