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Padmaavat: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film released as protests continue

Amid violence and debates surrounding the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, the controversial film has been released across the country on Wednesday, according to a report in NDTV.

According to the report, hundreds of supporters of fringe groups like the Karni Sena ran amok across several states. Security in several states was bolstered today as the controversial movie released.

On Wednesday, vandalism was reported in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

In Gurgaon, adjacent to the national capital, around 20-25 students of a leading Gurgaon school had a narrow escape when a frenzied mob attacked a school bus.

Protesters also burnt other buses and blocked roads. Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the organisation won’t allow the release of the film and said “January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may.”

Several schools, in the wake of violence, decided to stay shut. The Multiplex Association of India, representing about 75 percent of the multiplex owners, said the movie will not be screened in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa.

The report said the movie has been at the centre of protests since the shooting for the movie began, with Rajput groups alleging the film distorted history and tarnished the image of the legendary Queen of Chittor by suggesting a romance between her and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan said to be obsessed with her. Queen Padmini, who was said to have immolated herself to escape falling into the clutches of the invading forces of Alauddin Khilji, is looked upon as an icon by the Rajput community.

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