Vijay Rupani says to block Padmavati release in Gujarat

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday declared that the his government would not allow release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati" in the poll-bound state.

Rupani also said that the ban was not only limited to the state assembly polls which will be held in December "but till the controversies subside".

The Government of Gujarat will not allow Bollywood movie "Padmavati" to be released in the state as it is hurting sentiments of Rajputs, he announced.

The actor plays Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji in the movie, which Bhansali says is a tribute to the valour of Rajput queen Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone. Also, Vasundhara Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan had written a letter to the Information and Broadcasting minister, Smriti Irani stating that she will let Padmavati release in her state only if the controversial parts are removed.

Gujarat CM also asserted that while he does believe in freedom speech and expression, distortion of history and culture will not be tolerated.

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He said even if the movie is passed by the Censor Board for release in the country, it won't make it to the screens in the state.

The matter was taken up for consideration by the Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions after two BJP MPs from Rajasthan, CP Joshi and Om Birla, filed a plea regarding objectionable content in the movie.

Meanwhile, veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha tweeted saying that he will opine on the whole Padmavati controversy only after Bhansali speaks up and asks why Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have maintained a "stoic silence". The first poster of the movie was released in October after which Rajput groups started alleging that the director had "distorted" historical facts.

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