Karni Sena activists vandalize cinema hall in Kota

Padmavati poster

A group of people vandalised a cinema hall in Kota, Rajasthan on Tuesday in protest against it showing the trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversy-hit film - Padmavati.

"The protestors from Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, pelted stones and broke windowpanes, gates and the ticket counter and also damaged some office furniture between 3.30 p.m. and 4 p.m.at the theatre in Akash Mall", Anand Yadav, Circle Incharge of Gumanpura police station, told IANS on phone. According to report, eight people have been arrested after the incident.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said, "In a democracy, everyone has right to protest".

While the Karni Sena and the Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha, a Brahmin community organization have demanded that Bhansali's team should screen the movie for historians and intellectuals before releasing, the director has remained silent. Bhansali is continuously saying that he has taken care of Rajput's pride and emotions and there is nothing in this film which will disgrace them. But the makers of Padmavati said that they can do that only after it is granted a certificate by the censor board.

There are around 300 screens in Rajasthan and it will be a loss of around Rs 5 crore if the film is not released in the state, sources said.

In January, Karni Sena protested, manhandled and misbehaved with the crew of "Padmavati" claiming that Bhansali was distorting historical facts in the film. In 1303, Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi had sieged the fort of Chittor to gain Rani Padmini.

Sri Rajput Karni Sena claims that the mirror story was invented years later.

This won't be an isolated incident when Karni Sena members have resorted to taking law in their own hands.

Even recently, SLB had released a video in which he is seen clarifying that Padmavati has no derogatory scene or distortion of facts. The group has vowed that they will not allow the release of the film in half of India.

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