The Supreme Court's green signal for all-India screening of "Padmaavat" notwithstanding, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday said the Rajput organisation won't allow the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial to be released as it shows the Rajput queen in less than honourable light.
At least 30 motorcycles were set on fire and several other vehicles parked outside three city malls were damaged on Tuesday by protesters opposing the release of the controversial film "Padmaavat", police said. This happened shortly after a candle march was carried out by Karni Sena activists against the release of the film.
He asked people for a self-imposed curfew to boycott the movie that "insults the mother, Rani Padmavati".
Kalvi also said if law-and-order situation arises in various states, Bhansali should be held responsible for it. "Gujarat government had banned Padmaavat's release respecting the feelings of the Rajput community", he said. "The government is trying its best to maintain law and order in the state", Patel told reporters in Gandhinagar. Slamming the central and state governments, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says that if the government can't ensure the safety of a film in their respective states, how can they expect investors to invest in a business there.
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The police in Gujarat have been informed that the cinema owners will not screen the film and the decision in connection with screening the film on a later date will be taken afterwards.
"If the movie is not going to be released in the home state of the prime minister, one can imagine the worse scenario of law and order in other parts of the country", she said.
"We are ready to watch the film". He also claimed that he never accepted Bhansali's invitation to watch the film ahead of its release. Historians RS Khangarot, BL Gupta, Kapil Kumar, Roshan Sharma and erstwhile Mewar royal family member Vishwaraj Singh and erstwhile Banswara royal family member Jagmal Singh were the six persons, the Karni Sena leader said.
"Most theatres have declined to screen the film, despite the green signal from the Supreme Court".