NEW DELHI: As protests against Sanjay leela Bhansali's controversial film 'Padmavati' spread to different parts of the country on Thursday, Shree Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) president Mahipal Singh Makrana threatened to main lead actor Deepika Padukone if "she continues to provoke the sentiments of protesters".
"We never raise our hands on women, but if we are provoked, we will do to her what Lord Ram's brother Lakshman did to Surpanakha,"
Makrana said in Kota, alluding to the episode in Ramayan when Lakshman chopped off the nose of demon king Ravan's sister.
Makrana told TOI that he was referring to Deepika's recent comments that nothing can stop the release of 'Padmavati'. "Why is she making such incendiary comments?" he said, adding that Deepika's remarks had provoked the vandalisation at a cinema hall in Kota on Tuesday. Six SRKS members were arrested and sent to jail for the vandalisation.In Lucknow, SRKS patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi said members of the organisation will write letters inked in their blood to district magistrates, asking them not to allow the film's release.
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In Jaipur, members of a Brahmin organisation, Sarva Brahim Mahasabha, started a campaign to collect on a letter 10,000 signatures inked in blood. The letter demands a ban on the film's release and would be sent to the censor board, Mahasabha office-bearer Pandit Suresh Mishra, who had unsuccessfully contested the last assembly election on a Congress ticket, said.
Kalvi declared at a press conference in Lucknow if Padmavati's release was allowed on December 1, it would be an issue that members of the Rajput community would die for. "I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to block the release of 'Padmavati'. I am sure he will listen to us," Kalvi added.
Source- Times of India
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