Patna: Bowing to the pressure from several quarters including the Rajputs who have been up in arms over the 'negative' depiction of Rajput queen Padmavati in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic drama of the same name, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday announced a ban on the screening of the film in Bihar until the film-makers made necessary changes in the movie.
Bihar becomes the fourth state in the country after Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan to ban the controversial Deepika Padukone-Ranvir Singh film based on the life of Queen Padmini, the wife of Rajput King Ratan Singh of Mewar who lived in the 16th century.
"The film will not be released in Bihar until the film-makers have made needed changes and have issued adequate clarification," Nitish Kumar said.
The film was originally slated to be released on December 1 but with protests across the nation, its fate now hangs in balance.
Earlier last week, the women of Kshatriya Samaj in Bihar had taken out a protest rally near the Gandhi Maidan to demand ban on the screening of the film saying the movie portrayed the queen in a tawdry way
The Chief Minister's diktat came just hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator in Bihar Neeraj Kumar Bablu asked him to ban the release of film in Bihar.