Ready to pay money if handed over Padmaavat rights, says Karni Sena

On the preview night of Wednesday film earned an impressive 5 crore despite of not getting released in many places.

“There are efforts being made to implicate and defame the Karni Sena”, Kalvi was quoted as saying.

Hundreds of people across Goa who wanted to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat were disappointed as few theatres in the State screened it on Thursday. As a nation, we seem to have lost the fundamental argument that the making and screening of films is about freedom of expression. The film was originally set to be release on 1 December a year ago, but the violent protests by militant Hindutva outfit Karni Sena and death threats issued by BJP leaders forced the makers of the film to postpone its release.

Poonawalla sought contempt actions against top officials of the Union home ministry and the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat for their “inefficient management of public order” in different cities allowing belligerent Karni Sena to carry out disruptive activities.

Never in recent history could so few Indians have held so many to ransom as in the eventful saga over Bollywood film Padmaavat.

With its release it turned out that all the controversies that continued for months in India and which led to the filmmakers to cut some scenes and even change name of the movie had nothing to do with reality.

While Padmaavat has finally seen the day of light at the box office, Shri Rajput Karni Sena has now threatened to start fresh protests against the film. “If I stop them from doing so, wouldn’t that be an attack on their freedom of speech?” he said, posing an ethical question on governance.

Mumbaikar Dhruv Singh, who hails from Rajasthan, also wondered what the fuss was all about.

A school staff told ANI that “as soon as we came out of the school, the bus was attacked”. In Varanasi, security personnel have been deployed outside all the cinema halls and there was no incident of any protest. “The children somehow took cover inside the bus”.

However, an emotional Deepika said in Mumbai that she was overwhelmed and confident that “Padmaavat” would get an “earth-shattering response”.

Despite setbacks from Karni Sena, Deepika Padukone fans go all out promoting Padmaavat