Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Neeraj Kumar Bablu, incensed by the 'insulting' portrayal of Queen Padmavati, the wife of 16th century Rajput king of Mewar Ratan Singh in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali epic 'Padmavati', came to the state Assembly on Tuesday in a car plastered with objectionable image of Bhansali and Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator in Uttar Pradesh Azam Khan in a sign of protest against the release of the controversial film.
With vulgar adjectives attached before Bhansali and Azam's names and 'garlands of shoes' on the vehicle, Bablu demanded a ban on the release of the film saying Bhansali's period drama had depicted Maharani Padmavati in a very negative light and as a true Rajput, he would not stand their idly and watch 'these bastards' murder the reputation of the queen.
"I am a Rajput and I cannot stand the insult of Queen Padmavati. A Rajput knows how to sacrifice for the country but he also knows how to exact revenge on his enemies when insulted," the BJP leader said.
Stating that Padmavati was shown in an objectionable manner, Bablu said that he was completely against the depiction of the queen as he had studied the history of Queen Padmavati and nowhere in the history books she has been depicted as one who had loose moral character.
Azam Khan, the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader in Uttar Pradesh, while speaking at a function in Rampur on Tuesday had said that the facts were distorted in the classic Dilip Kumar-Madhubala epic Mughal-e-Azam as well but Muslims of India never objected to it.
"Mughal-e-Azam, a classic, showed Anarkali as Salim's lover but in reality, there was no such thing. However, Muslims never objected to it because it is just a story. Muslims are large-hearted; they know a film cannot ruin their history," Khan said in Rampur.