Padmavati, we don’t just burn effigies: Young man found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort

A young man was found hanging off the parkot of Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh fort. The death is being linked to the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film Padmavati.

This is because a charcoal graffiti on the wall next to the lifeless body said, “Padmavati, we don’t just burn effigies.” The Jaipur Police is investigating the case. It’s not clear whether it was a murder or a suicide.

The protests against the film Padmavati were dying down after the producers postponed the film’s release. The film was scheduled for a December 1 release, but has now been pushed indefinitely. A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is also due. The Shri Rajput Karni Sena, the outfit spearheading the protests, has said that if the family of the erstwhile Chittor royalty approve of the film, it will withdraw its plan to forcibly stop the exhibition of Padmavati.

The film Padmavati, based on Malik Mohammed Jayasi’s 16th Century epic poem Padmavat, has triggered widespread anger across the country. The Rajput community is protesting the film because they claim it denigrates Rani Padmini of Chittor, a revered icon in Rajput folklore, and glamourises Alauddin Khilji, then ruler of India who presided over one of the worst mass slaughters of Rajputs in Indian history during his raid on Chittor. Padmavati, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, has been facing the wrath of political groups ever since the team started shooting. There have been protests against the film in different states of India.

The film has been banned in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. The release in India has been postponed indefinitely from December 1. While it still awaits certification from the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) in India, Britain’s censor board recently cleared the film without any cuts.

Producers of Padmavati, Viacom18 said in a statement, “We will await the Indian censor board’s clearance and then release the film.”

JAUHAR KI JWALA But that doesn’t seem to have cut any ice with the Shri Rajput Karni Sena. A fuming Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Karni Sena chief, said in a press conference in Hyderabad yesterday that any promotions of Padmavati before the CBFC verdict will lead to the group filing a criminal case against them. He reiterated that ‘jauhar ki jwala hai, bahut kuch jalega,’ indicating that Padmavati will burn in the fire of jauhar if Sanjay Leela Bhansali doesn’t oblige their wishes.

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