Rajasthan CM asks for a delayed release of Padmavati
Owing to growing protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film "Padmavati", Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has written to the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting urging the ministry to delay the film's release till "necessary" changes were made.
In the letter addressed to Smriti Irani, the Rajasthan CM said that changes would have to be made to protect "public sentiments".
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The contents of the Rajasthan CM's letter
The Rajasthan CM acknowledged movie producers' rights to make movies according to their will, but said that the protests could not be ignored.
She also urged the censor board to take into consideration the entire spectrum of outcomes before issuing a certificate to the movie.
She proposed that changes be made to the movie to stop the situation from spiralling out of control.
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An excerpt from Raje's letter to Smriti Irani
"The producers have the right to make movie according to their understanding, however, the Constitution also provisions for logical control on even the fundamental rights to protect law and order, morality and public sentiments from being hurt," wrote Raje.
Protesters welcome Raje's letter
Rajasthan has been witnessing protests against Bhansali's film for a few weeks now.
Spearheaded by erstwhile royal families, the protests intensified after the release of the music video "Ghoomar" from the movie which many protesters held to be derogatory to the dignity of the Chittorgarh queen on whom the movie is based.
Raje's letter was welcomed by protesters and other groups across Rajasthan.
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