A royal member of Udaipur`s Mewar MK Vishvaraj Singh, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi and others, petitioning them to stop the certification and release of ‘Padmavati’ the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial Film.
Singh demanded, “It is the responsibility of the Government to safeguard the history of our country and the dignity of its citizens.”He requested not to certify or permit the release of the film in its present form.
In a recent video, Bhansali assured that the magnum work is based on trusted sources and it is an excellent tribute to the courage of the Rajput queen. However, Singh raised complaints that the film is about his family and a chapter in the history of Mewar, but no one proposed them to verify the facts or get approval.
He additionally said that he suspects the truth of historical facts in `Padmavati` as it is based on Padmawat, an imaginary poetry of the Sufi poet which also includes thinking and talking parrots.
The Royal members put concerns about the effect of the movie on the next generation, who will see a misleading history of Mewar. “Allowing our history and culture to be distorted in such a manner before the public does make one question the ability and purposes of the Government.”
Singh argued that lying the public and hurting the sentiments of a community is a crime, but the entire situation has o provided free publicity to the filmmakers.
Lastly, Singh said, “allowing commercial interests to override the sanctity of national pride and heritage would be a failure on the part of the Government.”
The letter came hours after Queen Mayuri Singh of Bundi came out in support of Bhansali, said-“let the movie release first.”
The film starring lead actress Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh has been facing protests from various communal groups. The Movie is going to release in the theatres on December 1.