Padmavati row: After Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh Fort sees protests

RSTV Bureau
Chittorgarh: The members of Sarva Samaj Samithi closed down the historic gate of Chittorgarh fort, denying tourists entry in the complex on Friday. The protestors are demanding a ban on the upcoming movie 'Padmavati'.     PTI Photo

Chittorgarh: The members of Sarva Samaj Samithi closed down the historic gate of Chittorgarh fort, denying tourists entry in the complex on Friday. The protestors are demanding a ban on the upcoming movie ‘Padmavati’.
PTI Photo

Hundreds of people belonging to the Rajput community blocked the entry to the Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand district in Rajasthan for a brief while on Saturday. The protests at Kumbhalgarh Fort came a day after a similar protests were seen at Chittorgarh Fort.

The protesters demanded a ban on the Bollywood film ‘Padmavati’, the epic drama based on Rajput queen Padmavati.

The Circle Officer of Kumbhalgarh, Chandan Singh, said: “The entry was blocked for some time due to the protest and it resumed after the protest was over.”

The majestic hill fort of Kumbhalgarh is the birthplace of legendary king Maharana Pratap and a Unesco world heritage site.

On Friday, Rajasthan was rocked by protests against the film. Protesters had blocked the entry to the Chittorgarh Fort and they burnt effigies of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Rajput groups have alleged distortion of historical facts in the period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapur and Ranveer Singh.

In March, the Chittorgarh Fort was vandalised by a group of men who broke mirrors installed at the Padmini Palace.

Meanwhile, Central Board of Film Certification chief Prasoon Joshi again reiterated on Saturday that the application for certification for the film was incomplete and was sent back.

(With inputs from agencies)