Special security for Deepika Padukone after threats over Padmavati

The Mumbai police has given Deepika Padukone a special security after a  fringe group in Rajasthan called the Karni Sena threatened her with physical harm today, escalating its protests against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati, which features the her in the title role.

“Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha,” said a leader of the group in a video released today, referring to the act of cutting the nose off.  The group has also called for a bandh across the country on December 1, the day the film is scheduled to release.

“If we are talking about the respect of #Padmavati, then it is our moral obligation that we respect every woman. Disrespecting an actor is uncalled for and immoral,” union minister Uma Bharti tweeted after the Karni Sena threatened Ms Padukone.

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Another minister, Kiran Maheshwari, spoke on social media today that she strongly opposes the film, alleging it’s been made purely for money and entertainment. “Deceit in any case with the history of immortal valour of such women cannot be accepted,” she said.

The UP government said it has intelligence reports that the film’s producers have presented the movie for the Censor Board’s clearance and that “after the release of the trailer of the movie on October 9, various social and other organisations opposed the film.” Amid such strong protests, it said, there are fears of law and order being disrupted.

Padmavati stars Deepika Padukone as the Queen, while Shahid Kapoor plays Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji.

The film ran into trouble with the influential Rajputs of Rajasthan soon after its shooting began. Its sets were vandalised twice. The director was attacked while shooting in Rajasthan capital Jaipur. Deepika Padukone has been trolled on Twitter with several tweets recently after she spoke about the film that it does not harm the values of the society.



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