INDORE: In the backdrop of the Supreme Court staying orders by Rajasthan and Gujarat governments that prohibited screening of controversial movie ‘Padmaavat’, Rajput Karni Sena on Thursday gave a call for a ‘Janata Curfew’, asking people to desist from watching the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed movie scheduled to be released on January 25.
“I don’t wish to call for a bandh protesting the movie’s release on January 25 or on January 26 (Republic Day). I ask people to enforce a Janata Curfew. People should desist from watching the movie,” Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi told reporters in Ujjain.
He cited the ‘public-enforced ban’ on entry to Padmini Palace and Vijay Stambh in Chittorgarh and said, social organisations have used all their might to prevent people from entering the areas, including the place where ‘Johar’ (women ending life by jumping into burning pyre) took place. The same can be replicated across the country, he said.
Kalvi, who was in Ujjain to attend a felicitation function, refused to comment on the apex court order, but claimed, “We are considering (strategies in view of) the changed situation after the SC order. But can any film hall screen the movie against the wishes of the state government.”
The SC had cleared decks for nationwide release of the movie by staying notifications by Rajasthan and Gujarat prohibiting its screening. It had also restrained other states from issuing such notifications or orders prohibiting the exhibition of the film.
On December 28, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had cleared the film with a U/A certification after modifications, including changing the name ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’.
The board had set up a panel, including historians, who suggested the changes.
The Karni Sena chief said he did not trust Bhansali over making corrections in the movie. “I will trust a black dog, but not Bhansali. He himself does not know what movie he wishes to make. History or based on history or fiction,” Kalvi said adding, “He has obtained different certifications from the British Censor Board and Indian Censor board; he gives a different information to the Parliament.”
The Karni Sena founder asked the Prime Minister to intervene and ban the movie nationwide. “Central cabinet has the right to prevent screening of a movie by overriding censor board recommendations under Section 6(1)(2) of the Cinematography Act. The SC also gives this power to under the Act to the central government to ban the movie in exceptional circumstances… is this not exceptional circumstance.”