New Delhi, Nov 20: Even as the release of “Padmavati” has been deferred, three Chief Ministers on Monday jumped into the controversy with Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan announcing a ban on the film in his state, while his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh backed the Rajput community in its protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical drama that is mired in controversy.
CMs Shivraj, Amarinder jump on anti-'Padmavati' wagon
However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the controversy as “unfortute” and a “calculated plan” to destroy freedom of expression.
In Jammu and Kashmir, senior tiol Conference (NC) leader and MLA Devender Ra urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ban the release of “Padmavati” in the state. The three chief minister’s waded into the controversy after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityth and his Rajasthan counterpart opposed the release of the film citing threat of serious law and order problem. The film has been mired in controversy over conjectures that it “distorts history” regarding Rajput queen Padmavati, a contention that Bhansali has repeatedly denied. (IANS)