Karni Sena activists vandalise Kota theatre for showing 'Padmavati' trailer

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Workers of the right-wing organisation stormed into Aakash Mall in Kota where the cinema hall was located, and vandalised it.

Karni Sena vandalised Aakash Mall in Kota protesting Padmavati's trailer being shown at the Cinema Hall in Rajasthan. According to reports, 8 people have been arrested relating to the incident.

The Rajput Community, the Vishva Hindu Parishad, the Bajarang Dal and the Rajput Karni Sena held a joint protest against the film in Surat, Gujarat.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said, "In a democracy, everyone has right to protest".

Protests against Padmavati and Bhansali have gained a lot of momentum since the past few days which has led to security being tightened at director's office and residence in Mumbai. Bhansali is continuously saying that he has taken care of Rajput's pride and emotions and there is nothing in this film which will disgrace them. They had issued warnings that they would set theatres on fire if the movie was screened.

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Bhansali had recently posted a video on Padmavati's official Twitter account calling the film his tribute to the "sacrifice, valour and honour" of Rani Padmavati. But the makers of Padmavati said that they can do that only after it is granted a certificate by the censor board.

Directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie is an attempt to tarnish the rich heritage and culture of the erstwhile Rajputana, he said. The Rajput Karni Sena is claiming that Padmavati insults the Rajput community and is a distortion of history, which "hurts their religious sentiments".

There are around 300 screens in Rajasthan and it will be a loss of around Rs 5 crore if the film is not released in the state, sources said.

Padmavati, which is scheduled to be released on December 1, features Deepika Padukone in the role of queen Padmavati while Ranveer Singh plays the role of Alauddin Khilji.