Padmavati row: After Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat bans the film

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A local court here on Thursday accepted a complaint against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actors Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and others in regard to ongoing controversy relating to their forthcoming film "Padmavati".

Those against the screening of the film based on the legend of Padmini - queen of the kingdom of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan state in the 13th century - have cited distortion of historical facts as the reason.

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.

Bhansali has repeatedly rebuffed the charges but has been receiving brickbats.

Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji.

In the letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani last week, Raje had suggested that a committee of historians, film experts and members from the Rajput community be formed to look into the film's subject and necessary changes be made to it so that it does not hurt the sentiments of any community.

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Meanwhile, Amu, who is from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, says that Padmavati's trailer - which is now on air - has presented the Rajput queen in a bad light.

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. But here they are distorting history", Singh told reporters. "I saw one such trailer.The kind of scenes I watched in the trailer, I feel ashamed to share them with you".

When returning Padmavati application to producers, CBFC had said that the new application may have to wait for 68 days - a rule censor board had all along but was never implemented - before it was certified.

Several organizations across the country have been opposing the release of the movie, whose release has been deferred.

In his fresh plea, advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, on Thursday, sought a direction to stay the release overseas of the controversial Hindi film which had aroused anger against its portrayal of the legendary medieval era queen and the practice of jauhar (immolation). "Eventually, Padmavati will come out in full force".

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