Defaming any Hindu king or queen is objectionable: Shiv Sena on Padmavati row

| Updated: Jan 28, 2017 18:38 IST

Mumbai [India], Jan. 28 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Saturday maintained a safe distance from the attack on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali by the Rajput Karni Sena over his upcoming Indian period drama 'Padmavati', however, the party made it clear that the 'character assassination' of any Hindu king or queen is strongly objectionable. Speaking to ANI here, Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande stressed on the need to ascertain if there has been a distortion of historical facts in the developing movie. "The movie is still being made and the Censor Board needs to be alert. And if there is character distortion of any gallant Hindu kings and queens, then definitely it is objectionable. Agreed that the Censor Board certificate is the final word but he directors and storywriters also need to do their part," she said. Bhansali was roughed up by members of Rajput Karni Sena at Jaipur's historic Jaigarh Fort on Friday alleging that Rajasthan's history was distorted in Bhansali's magnum-opus- Padmavati. The Karni Sena workers alleged that the film has love scenes between Queen Padmini and ruler Alauddin Khilji, played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. The protesters also demanded that Bhansali should delete such scenes in the film, if any. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Singh Kataria said that flouting law to express anger is not called for, adding that probe would be initiated in the matter. However, defending its action of vandalising the sets of 'Padmavati' and assaulting Bhansali, the Rajput Karni Sena warned that they will not let the history of their ancestors be tarnished, adding that they would defend their Rajput lineage from ignominy. Both the political and Bollywood fraternity have joined hands to condemn the shocking attack, and express their rage and disapproval of the incident. (ANI)