On ‘Panipat’ Row Rajasthan CM Gehlot Asks Censor Board to Intervene

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The movie is based on the Third Battle of Panipat fought between the Maratha empire and Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali in 1761.

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JAIPUR — A day after Rajasthan Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh demanded a ban on the screening of the film Panipat in north India to avoid any law and order situation in the wake of claims surfaced that Maharaja Surajmal has been portrayed wrongly in the film, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today asked the Censor Board to take note of claims.

Gehlot also asked distributors to have a dialogue with Rajasthan’s Jat community, some of whose members say are offended by the film starring Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt.

“The reactions that are coming about the portrayal of Maharaja Surajmal ji in the film… such a situation should not have been created,” the chief minister said. “The Censor Board should intervene and take cognisance of it, reports PTI.”

“Distributors should immediately hold a dialogue with the people of the Jat community on the screening of the film,” Mr Gehlot said in a statement.

Rajasthan chief minister said personalities in a film should be showed in the right perspective so that there is no controversy.

“I believe that art and the artists should be respected but they should also take care that any caste, religion, class, great personalities and gods are not insulted,” PTI quoted Mr Gehlot as saying.

The movie is based on the Third Battle of Panipat fought between the Maratha empire and Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali in 1761.

Arjun Kapoor plays the role of Sadashiv Rao Bhau, commander of the Maratha army. Bharatpur king Surajmal is shown as having denied help to the Maratha army.

Two years ago there were protests in Rajasthan and other northern states over the portrayal of legendary Rajput queen Padmini in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

(With agency inputs)

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