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‘Would it be accepted if Gandhiji is shown doing bhangra': Giriraj Singh on Padmaavat row

By Vikas
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    Amid raging protests across several states over the movie Padmaavat, Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Sunday asked if it would be acceptable to people if Mahatma Gandhi is shown doing "Bhangra or katthak" in a film.

    Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed "Padmaavat", which released on January 25, faced stiff opposition from Rajput groups, especially the Karni Sena for allegedly distorting the history in the film.

    Union Minister Giriraj Singh

    "If a film is made on Gandhi ji and he is shown doing Katthak or Bhangra, then I will not tolerate it. Does anyone have the courage to make the film on Prophet Mohammed," Singh said on Sunday.

    The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh was released across the country yesterday amid tight security.

    A protest against the release of Padmaavat in Gujarat turned violent on Tuesday, after protesters set vehicles ablaze outside a multiplex in Ahmedabad, which was to screen movie Padmaavat. Protests against the film were also held in Indore, Morena and Gwalior. Police had to use force in some places in Ujjain where the protesters turned violent.

    The Supreme Court had earlier paved the way for the all- India release of "Padmaavat" on January 25 and stayed notifications and orders issued by Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat -- all ruled by the BJP -- prohibiting exhibition of the film in their states.

    The apex court had also restrained other states from issuing any such notification or orders banning the screening of the movie. The movie, which was earlier titled "Padmavati", was released worldwide on January 25 with the new title suggested by the censor board.

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