As the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is heating up, a fringe group today targeted Deepika Padukone by declaring a reward of Rs 1 crore for anyone “burning her alive”. The members of Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha (ABKM) burnt more than hundred effigies of actress Deepika Padukone, who’s portraying the role of legendary Rajput queen Padmavati in the film, and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali at Damodar Swarup park and yelled slogans against him.
Adding to it, this group also took out a march to the collectorate office and submitted a memorandum to the district magistrate asking a ban on the release of the film. “Deepika should know how it feels like to be burnt alive. The actress will never know the sacrifice of the queen. We demand that office-bearers of the organization be shown the movie before it is released,” said ABKM’s youth wing leader Bhuvneshwar Singh. When asked about Bhuvneshwar Singh’s menacing remarks, Superintendent of Police Rohit Singh Sahjawan said that a report had been sought in this regard. He said that “We have sought a report from the policemen on duty. Thereafter, action will be taken”.
The film Padmavati has been witnessing protests over the alleged “misrepresentation of historical facts” in the movie. The director Bhansali was mishandled earlier this year by members of the fringe group Rajput Karni Sena in Jaipur. This fringe group also demolished sets during shooting schedules in Jaipur and Kolhapur. The film director Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone have also received threats. However, the Mumbai police have increased the security.