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Focus on Rajasthani women’s literacy instead of ‘Padmavati’: Shashi Tharoor


row over Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’

New Delhi : Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday took a dig at those criticising Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”, saying the controversy over the film is an opportunity to focus on the condition of Rajasthani women and education is more important than “ghoonghats” or head veils.

“Agree totally. The ‘Padmavati’ controversy is an opportunity to focus on the conditions of Rajasthani women today and not just of queens six centuries ago. Rajasthan’s female literacy among lowest. Education more important ‘thang Hoog hats’,” Tharoor said in a tweet.

In another tweet, Tharoor said: “Just realised that dreaded autocorrect has changed “than goonghats” to “thang hoong hats”. Apologies. When I hit “tweet” I was still seeing the correct words I’d typed.”

“Padmavati”, set to release on December 1, has been the subject of controversy with some groups, mainly Rajput, claiming the film distorts history and is a wrong portrayal of queen Padmavati, a contention Bhansali has denied.

Tharoor’s comments also come after BJP member Arjun Gupta, a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) advisory panel, in a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Bhansali must be punished for “treason”.

The Supreme Court has refused to ban the release of the movie.

Won’t allow screening in Karnataka: Rajput outfit

Bengaluru : A Rajput outfit on Monday warned that it would not allow upcoming Hindi film “Padmavati” to be screened in Karnataka, claiming that the film distorted historical facts and portrayed royal characters of yore in a poor light.

The Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena (RRKS) would take out a ‘Swabhimaan Padyatra’, a protest rally, on November 15 here, condemning the attempt to distort history, the outfit’s Bengaluru president Bhanwar Singh said at a press conference on Monday.

The rally would start from the Town Hall here and culminate at the Freedom Park, where the leaders of the Rajput community would address the gathering, he added.

Uday Singh, a member of the outfit, demanded that the censor board not clear the film as it “distorts history and hurts the sentiments of people”.

He also raised an objection over releasing the trailer of the film. “Sanjay Leela Bhansali produced this film with a single- point agenda of making money. Such films are an assault on Hinduism. We will go to every corner of the country to protest against it,” Singh said. To a question, he said, “Let there be a screening of the film for a select members of the community. Whatever the elders decide, will be accepted by all. The film starring Deepika Padukone as Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khalji, is based on the legend of Rajput queen Padmavati.

 Bhansali, also the director of “Padmavati”, had been assaulted by the activists of the Karni Sena, another Rajput outfit, during the shooting of the film in Jaipur in January. The Karni Sena has been seeking a ban on the film, claiming that it “distorts” history. “Padmavati” is set to hit the screens on December 1.

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