The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday wrote to the Union Secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting apprising that the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" on December 1 will pose a law and order problem for the state.
In a letter to principal secretary (Home), Arvind Kumar said the censor board should be apprised about the public resentment over the alleged distortion of facts in the film starring Deepika Padukone as Padmavati.
"The Censor Board members should take a decision after taking into account people's views. They should be apprised about it.
"It has come to the notice through intelligence reports that the film's producers have presented the movie for Censor Board clearance. After the release of the trailer of the movie on October 9, various social and other organisations opposed the film," the letter said.
Kumar said such strong protests have created law and order problems in the state.
The letter further stated that "in view of the civic polls, polling for which is scheduled on November 22, November 26 and November 29 and the counting on December 1, and also the 'Barawafat' procession by Muslims on December 2, the film's release can pose serious security issues".
Taking precautionary measures ahead of the scheduled release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed movie, Uttar Pradesh DGP Sulkhan Singh had earlier asked the force to remain extra vigilant.
"Keeping in view the protests against the movie by some organisations, the force should remain alert, especially at all malls and cinema halls with anti-riot equipment," Singh said in his directives to all district police chiefs.
"Enough police force should be kept in reserve so that it can be deployed when needed. Local intelligence units should also be alerted to keep an eye of unscrupulous elements so that effective timely action is taken," he said.
All the SHOs and senior police officers should do patrolling and keep an eye on the situation to avoid any untoward incident.
"In view of the (possible) dharna, agitation, traffic jam, arsoning - all measures should be taken in advance and strict legal action initiated against those involved in such acts," he said.
Bhansali is facing the ire of various groups, who allege improper "depiction" of legendary queen Rani Padmavati in the movie.
OneIndia News (with agency inputs)