One million people watched Padmaavat amid protests
Padmaavat, the magnum opus of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was released all over the country except Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. Approximately 1 million people watched the Padmaavat in 4000 screens and praised the movie. Also they didn’t find anything objectionable.
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Started as Padmavati, the film invited controversies due to the projection of the legendary queen Rani Padmini of Rajasthan. Various social groups were protesting against distortion of facts to make the movie more interesting. Rani Padmini performed Jauhar with others to escape from the clutches of Alauddin Khalji. But the movie shows the Alauddin romancing with Rani Padmini in his dreams. Another was objection was on the queen dancing before the king.
CBFC asked Bhansali to remove objectionable content to release the movie. Court also ordered in favor of the movie but nothing could stop the protesting groups especially the Shri Rajput Karni Sena. After much delay, Padmaavat was finally released on 25th January and it did fairly well on the first day.
1. Rajasthan witnessed Padmaavat protests despite ban on the movie. In Uttarakhand, a protestor tried self-immolation in Rishikesh but was saved by police. Also there were reports of clashes between potestors and police in Uttarakhand.
2. UP allowed screening of Padmaavat amid tight security but protests broke out at several places in Muzaffarnagar, Agra, Mughalsarai and Lucknow where Karni Sena members pleaded with cine goers to boycott the movie. Protestors also tried stopping a train in UP.
3. Haryana government ordered closure of schools anticipating violence on the first day of Padmaavat. The step was taken after several protestors stoned school buses carrying kids. But the Karni Sena denied any role in attack on schools. Delhi-Jaipur highway also remained blocked due to protests.
Rumors were that Padmaavat was released on Facebook and the page related to the movie went viral in a short time. It all started when a viewer sent the movie to Facebook from cinema hall. The page that started sharing Padmaavat was named Jaton Ka Adda. The movie remained viral for approximately 30 minutes and it was shared by thousands on their walls.
Deepika Padukone said that she was very emotional about the movie and at the same time excited about the income.
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 28, 2018
Ranveer Singh said that he watched the movie in 3D IMAX and felt blessed. He also praised the team Padmaavat for the good job.
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) January 28, 2018