Jaipur: Shri Rajput Karni Sena has hreatened to chop off Padmavati heroine, Deepika Padukone’s nose after she called the controversy surrounding the movie ‘absolutely appalling’ and said that as a nation, “we have regressed.” It should be noted here that Karni Sena activists had physically assaulted Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the past.
Media reports said that Mahipal Singh Makrana, president of Rajasthan unit of the outfit, said that they would not hesitate to chop Deepika’s nose like Shurpanakha (Shurpanakha was a character in the Ramayana whose nose was chopped off by Lakshmana). Members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena have also threatened to behead Sanjay Leela Bhansali if he proceeds with the release of Padmavati.
Meanwhile, the convenor of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, called for a Bharat Bandh on December 1, the date Padmavati is slated to release. He threatened to burn down any theatre which screens the film and told ANI, “Jauhar ki jwala hai, bahut kuch jalega. Rok sako to rok lo. (This is the fire of ‘jauhar’, a lot of things will burn. Stop us if you can.)”
Talking to a leading media house, Lokendra Singh Kalvi slammed “naachnewali” Deepika Padukone, who plays the titular role of Padmavati, for her comment that the country is becoming regressive. “The country is not regressing, you are making it so. With folded hands, I beg Deepika not to insult women… Deepika is dancing in the film. Yes, dance, but why are you dancing with less clothing? How are you trying to portray Indian women?” he asked. He also alleged that Padmavati was financed by the “underworld”.
Earlier this month, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had released a video clarifying that there was no distortion of history in Padmavati. However, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena convenor is not convinced. “Sanjay Leela Bhansali showed double standards even when it came to Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, so why should we trust him when it comes to this? He showed us one thing and something else came out,” he said.
Lokendra Singh Kalvi threatened Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s family as well. “My question is, why name this film Padmavati? Go and name it Leela Ek Gujarati. We will not spare the family of Bhansali because he has insulted our mother Padmavati,” he said.
Meanwhile, several groups have joined the agitation against Padmavati, turning the protests into a nationwide movement.