After M.P., Gujarat also banned Padmavati

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD: Gujarat joined Madhya Pradesh in banning controversial Bollywood film Padmavati on Wednesday as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) backed protesters and said it will tell filmmakers not to hurt Hindu sentiments.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani told reporters that his government would not allow Padmavati to be released because it hurt the sentiment of the Rajput community. “There are issues with the film, our sympathy is with those who are protesting against it…” he said. The decision was taken keeping in mind the law and order situation before elections next month in the state, he added.

The VHP, an affiliate of the RSS, said it will meet filmmakers from January to ensure directors did “thorough research” before making movies so that they didn’t hurt Hindu sentiments or distort history.

“There are sentiments that get hurt, so the film makers must take care not to tamper historical facts,” said Surendra Jain, the international joint general secretary of the VHP.

Padmavati is battling mounting protests by the Rajput community, which claims a distortion of history in the depiction of legendary queen Padmini, who is said to have killed herself to avoid being captured by Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji.

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