Padmaavat Row LIVE Updates: Security Heightened As Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Film Releases Today

 
Padmaavat Row LIVE Updates: Security Heightened As Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Film Releases Today

 

NEW DELHI:  The violent protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' intensified on Wednesday, with hundreds of supporters of fringe groups like the Karni Sena ran amok across several states. With the film slated to release today, security in several states have been bolstered. Acts of vandalism were reported in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. In Gurgaon, adjacent to national capital Delhi, around 20-25 students of a leading Gurgaon school had a narrow escape when the frenzied mob attacked the school bus. Protesters also burnt other buses and blocked roads. Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the organisation won't allow the release of the film and said "January 25 may come and go but we won't let the film release, come what may." Several schools in have taken the threats seriously and decided to stay shut. The Multiplex Association of India representing about 75 percent of the multiplex owners said that the movie will not be screened in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa.

Padmavati has been at the centre of protests since shooting for the film started, with Rajput groups alleging that that the film distorted history and tarnished the image of the legendary Queen of Chittor by suggesting a romance between her and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan said to be obsessed with her. Queen Padmini, who was said to have immolated herself to escape falling into the clutches of the invading forces of Alauddin Khilji, is looked upon as an icon by the Rajput community.
 
Here are the LIVE updates of the controversy surrounding the film:

Jan 25, 2018
10:12 (IST)
Police are on high alert across several states after protesters pledged to disrupt the release of the movie 'Padmavaat'. Visuals from Novelty  theatre in Lucknow where audience were frisked from head to toe. Novelty is one of Lucknow's oldest theaters. 

Jan 25, 2018
09:55 (IST)
Theater in Rajouri Garden witnesses a good turn out on first day of the release of the controversial period drama 'Padmaavat'. People going to watch the movie say, 'want to see the reason behind all that uproar'.

Jan 25, 2018
09:46 (IST)
Protestors torched a car during their protest against Padmaavat in Bhopal on Wednesday. Police say two people have been taken into custody according to ANI reports.

Jan 25, 2018
08:51 (IST)
E-Square cinema mall owner in Pune says, "Its peaceful. The current show is housefull. There is security and police presence in place. All good as of now."

Jan 25, 2018
08:45 (IST)
A parent says, "There is panic, if school bus can be attacked in Gurugram then can happen in Delhi also, even here there are cinema halls near schools, so have come to drop my child to school myself."

Jan 25, 2018
08:44 (IST)
After the miscreants protesting against the release of the film Padmaavat created ruckus yesterday by throwing rocks at a schools bus in Gurgaon near Delhi yesterday, several schools have been closed in the district have decided to remain shut.

Jan 25, 2018
08:38 (IST)
Udaipur ADM SC Sharma has issued orders stating that students in both government and private schools should not perform on the 'Ghoomar' song during Republic Day celebrations.

Jan 25, 2018
08:36 (IST)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' is slated to release today admist high security in theatres.

Source: (ndtv.com)