Those opposing Padmavati should see the film: Union Minister

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The set of the movie was vandalised twice - in Jaipur and Kolhapur - and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena during the Jaipur schedule of the film earlier this year.

"Besides that the law and order is also our responsibility, so we have decided that we will not allow release of movie "Padmavati" in Gujarat", he said. On Thursday, it was announced that the BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts.

After months of intimidation and protests, the producers of the movie, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, issued a statement Sunday announcing its December 1 release date had been "voluntarily deferred", sparking concerns over issues relating to freedom of speech in the world's largest democracy, according to CNN.

The makers are yet to secure a censor certificate in India, where Chief Ministers of at least four states have taken a stand against the release of the historical drama. It said that the film had "moderate violence and injury detail".

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The film, Padmavati, is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem in which a Rajput queen chooses to kill herself rather than be captured by the Muslim sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji.

Taking resort to micro-blogging website on Wednesday, Sinha said, "As Padmavati becomes a burning controversy, people are asking why the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, most versatile Aamir Khan and most popular Shah Rukh Khan have no comments". However, this failed to stop the protests. We respect their feelings and with elections on the anvil, the state government does not want any controversy.

Pal Amu said he would pay 100 million rupees ($1.536 million, €1,304 million) to whomever "beheaded" both Padukone and Bhansali.

While Sanjay Leela Bhansali has repeatedly clarified that no such scene exists in the film and that they've projected the bravery of the Rajput queen in the best possible manner, the unrest against the film's release continues to be on the rise. A select group of journalists who watched the film have said the film doesn't distort history in any way and celebrates Rajput pride.