Rajput organisation Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which last month vandalised the set of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati in Jaipur, on Tuesday said there is a need to create a ‘pre-Censor Board’ to monitor all period films and prevent any misrepresentation of history. The representatives, in a press conference here, said they will approach the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to put forth this demand.
“In our opinion, a pre-censor board consisting of experts should supervise and monitor any historical film to be made. This will help in overcoming the complications which come up during or after the film is made,” said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Founder, Shree Rajput Karni Sena. “We are not taking offence towards every form of art… But tampering the glory of Rajput history is something that needs to be considered with great amount of seriousness,” he added.
They said the film’s makers have assured them that there will be no intimate scene. Citing the example of Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2008 film Jodhaa Akbar, Kalvi added that history had often been distorted by Bollywood. “Truth often gets overshadowed by the subjectivity of perception which can mislead generations of audience and result in poor understanding of history,” Kalvi said.
He claimed that in a letter sent on behalf of Bhansali’s banner, Padmavati makers have agreed officially to the demands posed by the Sena. Activists of Shree Rajput Karni Sena had last month protested, misbehaved and manhandled the crew of Padmavati. They also damaged some cameras and other equipment, leading Bhansali to stop shooting since then.
The organisation said while they are not against art, they will not appreciate “distortion of history”. Padmavati is a film about Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, and Shree Rajput Karni Sena is concerned the movie will have intimate scenes between the characters, to be essayed by actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
“No intimate scene should be shot between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, even in the manner of a dream sequence,” stated one of the demand posed by Sena, which they claimed was agreed upon by Bhansali’s production.
The Sena, that met officials of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) a few days ago, said that the board told them that no action can be taken before the entire film is made. “However, I have personally met the director who has assured us that the film will show no intimate scenes between Ranveer and Deepika,” Kalvi said.