As the release date of Padmavat approaches Rajput Karnisena has intensified protest against the movie and has threatened dire consequences if the movie is released and have vowed to burn theatres that screen Padmaavat. Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, along with Gujarat and Haryana, have banned the film amid fierce protests by Rajput groups
They staged protest in Jaipur against screening of #Padmaavat, say “We are confident that no cinema hall will screen the film & if someone does they should be ready to bear the consequences. Consider it a warning or request.”A mall in Haryana’s Kurukshetra vandalised by 20-22 miscreants llegedly in protest against #Padmaavat; eye-witnesses alleged a group of people opened fire & attacked the place with hammers and swords .A youth has climbed a 350 feet tall mobile tower with a bottle of petrol in Bhilwara; is saying ‘will come down only when the movie is banned across the nation “In Gujarat, bus services have been suspended in parts of the state – including Mehsana, Patan, Gandhinagar, Sabarkantha and Banaskantha – because of violent protests during which stones were thrown at buses.
On a petition by Padmaavat’s producers, the Supreme Court ruled that the film cannot be blocked on account of potential trouble and asserted that it is the job of the state government to protect people and maintain peace.Despite the court ruling, protesters have not backed down, especially in Rajasthan and Gujarat. On Sunday, thousands of women took out a ‘Chetavani (warning) Rally’, holding swords, in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh town threatening ‘jauhar’ or self-immolation a day before the film’s release.hey submitted a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking permission to commit Jauhar .Karni Sena spokesperson Vijendra Singh said, “On Sunday, we contacted around 100 cinema halls in the National Capital Region and they have given in writing that they will not screen the film.”
While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state has decided to appeal against Supreme Court order which paved the way for pan-India release of the film the owners of cinema halls in Madhya Pradesh have clearly told the state government that they will release Padmaavat in theatres on its scheduled date – January 25, 2018. The association of cinema hall owners in the state have also decided to seek additional security from the government, and are likely to petition Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Director General of Police Rishi Kumar Shukla soon in this regard.