Padmavati, Uma Bharti

The controversies surrounding ‘Padmavati’ just don’t seem to end as the members of Karni Sena continue to hold protests demanding a ban on the release of the movie. Amidst this all, Cabinet Minister for Drinking Water & Sanitation, Uma Bharti has penned an open letter to the makers of ‘Padmavati’. She writes that when you create a historical film of this magnitude, it’s imperative that you don’t violate or distort the real facts. She wrote that till today, we continue to bear hatred for Allaudin Khilji and sympathy for Rani Padmavati and her husband Rana Rawal Ratan Singh.

She further wrote that she has seen Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s earlier movies and supports freedom of expression but states that the power to express yourself through a movie shouldn’t be misused. However, she also says that these fights should just stop and both the sides should try reaching a solution to put an end to these controversies. Here’s the letter:


Just a small recap of the happenings – The Shri Rajput Karni Sena members have been indulging in vandalism since the start of the year and have even assaulted Bhansali and destroyed equipment on the sets of the film in Jaipur. Next, the movie’s set in Kolhapur was set ablaze in March. Now yesterday, the Sena members demanded that the movie should not be released. Let’s hope that Uma Bharti’s letter helps ease out the situation.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Padmavati’ stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in main roles and will be releasing on December 1, 2017. (Also Read: Ranveer Singh: I have no scenes with Deepika in ‘Padmavati’ at all)