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Movie Padmavati row: Rajasthan government finds itself in a tough spot

Home minister takes meetings to discuss the government’s options in the wake of growing protests.

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February 1, 2018, 11:54 am

Sanjay Leela Bhansali attacked in Jaipur

Police force was deployed at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur after Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked by Rajput protestors in January (file photo). Image credit: Post Staff

Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has been cornered by the growing protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali-produced movie – Padmavati. Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria took three back-to-back meetings of senior government officials and tried to play down the controversy by saying that legal opinion is being sought to determine if the government could take any action in the matter. The government has also hinted at the possibility that a team of senior officials will first watch the movie and then decide if there are any scenes which warrant restrictions.

Gulab Chand Kataria took three meetings in the afternoon on Friday. The first meeting was attended by senior government lawyers and officials of police and home department. Kataria is learn to have discussed the possibility of a law and order situation if the movie was released in the state. Another meeting was to discuss the Supreme Court order that refused to impose any restrictions on the release of the movie, stating that it was yet to be reviewed  by the censor board of film certification.

People, particularly Rajput community in Rajasthan, are protesting against the release of the movie alleging that it portrays Queen Padmavati in a very derogatory manner.

First published: November 11, 2017