Protest over Bhansali's 'Padmavati' in Patna

Protest over Padmavati film in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Protestors in Patna on Thursday burnt the effigy of film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali demanding ban on his film 'Padmavati' that has kicked off a nationwide storm for allegedly showing the 14th century queen in a less-than-virtuous light while also depicting the Rajput warriors of the time in a negative manner.

Activists belonging to the Virat Hindustan Sangam, or VHS, a Hindu nationalist outfit founded by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and MP Subramanian Swamy, burnt the effigy of Bhansali at the Kargil Chowk demanding immediate ban on the movie while also threatening to take 'severe action' against theaters showing the film.

Protestors said that the legendary queen of Chittor had been portrayed negatively in the film that, they said, was made with money coming from gangsters based in middle-east countries.

"There is an international conspiracy to malign the image of historical Hindu kings, queens, and warriors who fought bravely against Muslim invaders in India. This film is a clear attempt to destroy the legacy of Rajput warrior queen Padmavati and we will not allow them to do so," said a VHS leader adding protests will be organized at all movie theaters in Bihar to force theater owners from not showing the film.

The controversial film starring Deepika Padukone in the lead role is set to open internationally in December.

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