Padmaavat row: One year of protest by Karni Sena
Karni Sena, the vociferous fringe group, has been at the forefront to protests against movie and TV serial based on Rajput history. First of all, The protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' has been going for the last one year. Sena activists stormed Jaigarh fort in Jaipur while shooting was underway in January 2017. From that day, the protest has spread all over India from Delhi to Karnataka. Rajput Karni Sena President Lokendra Singh Kalvi, who joined Bhartiya Janata Party in 2014, is leading the protest.
The protests continue even after the Supreme Court had last week paved the way for the nationwide release of "Padmaavat", by staying the ban on its screening in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Lokendra Singh Kalvi had called for "public curfew" if Padmaavat is screened and asked theatre workers on Monday to boycott the Rs 15-crore Bollywood movie that he alleges distorts history. It may be recalled that Karni Sena activists protested against Producer and Director Ekta Kapoor and burn posters of upcoming Bajali films TV serial 'Jodha Akbar' in 2013.
Karni Sena begins protest in January 2017
Karni Sena activists protest against the shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Padmawati' alleging depiction of 'wrong facts' in it at Jaigarh fort in Jaipur on Friday. Jan 28,2017 PTI Photo
Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi's press conference
Karni Sena leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi with other leaders addressing the press, after being accused of assaulting filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali at the set of his film then called as 'Padmavati', in Jaipur on Saturday. 2017-01-28 PTI Photo
First massive protest rally
Members of Sri Rajput Karni Sena shout slogans during a massive protest rally against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie Padmavati (Padmaavat), in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Sunday.
Protest in Bengaluru
Members of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena shout slogans against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali during a protest demanding for a total ban on the movie "Padmavati' (Padmaavat) at Freedom Park in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Karni seeks ban on the movie
Rajput Karni Sena President Lokendra Singh Kalvi along with office bearers of Rajpuatana Shaurya Foundation shows a paper-cutting while addressing a press conference seeking ban on the release of the movie Padmavati (Padmaavat) in UP, in Lucknow on Thursday.
Maha- Panchayat against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film
Founder of Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi address the gathering during Maha- Panchayat against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Film Padmavati in Gurugram on Saturday.
CBFC office, Mumbai
Police personnel deployed outside Films Division office in the view of Karni Sena's protests over the clearance of film 'Padmavati' by the CBFC, in Mumbai on Friday.
Violence in Bhopal
A firefighter tries to douse flames after Karni Sena activists torched a car during a demonstration against the release of the controversial film 'Padmaavat' in Bhopal on Wednesday.
Stone pelting on school bus
A woman hugs a child crouched on the floor of the GD Goenka World School bus, as a mob protesting against the film 'Padmaavat' threw stones at their bus in Gurugram on Wednesday. PTI Photo / Video grab