Rajputana Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Thursday urged the chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to ban Padmavati from being screened in their states.
“Five states have already banned the film and the entire country should now follow suit,” he said at a press conference he addressed along with Goshamahal BJP MLA Raja Singh here on Thursday.
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Lokender Singh, who was in the city at the invitation of Raja Singh, urged Union external minister Sushma Swaraj to use her good offices to stop screening of Padmavati in London. He said he has dashed off a letter to the minister in this respect.”The Indian government cannot pass orders to the British government, but to maintain good relations with India, I hope the British government will honour the sentiments of the people,” Raja Singhsaid. The founder of Rajputana Karni Sena said his workers would make every effort tostop thefilm from being screenedin London.
He also urged NRIs in the UK and elsewhere in the world to boycott the movie. Calling Padmavati director Sanjay Leela Bansali “a habitual offender who makes films hurting the sentiments of people” and also distort the facts, Lokendra Singh said his earlier two films Bajirao Mastani and Ramleela also distorted facts and history. “The producers had screenedPadmavatifor some persons. How can he (Sanjay Leela Bansali) screen the film without getting certification from the Censor Board.
If the Board wants, a criminal case can be booked against the producer,” he said and added as to who would be responsible if changes were made in the movie by the Censor Board after it was screened for certain people? On the question whether members of the Karni Sena would watch the film if they get an invite from Bhansali, Singh said matters have gone beyond the point of Bhansali screening the film for us. “Our demand now is that Padmavati should be banned. We have evidence that the producer is fooling everybody,” hesaid. MLA Raja Singh had already threatened to burn down the theatres in Telangana that screen the movie.