The Maoists in Chhattisgarh have made a strong pitch for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansaliʹs controversial period-drama Padmavati to uphold ʹfreedom of expression.ʹ
Banners and pamphlets were put up by the left-wing extremists in the jungles of Dantewada district in Bastar region a few days ago in support of the Deepika Padukone starrer, made on 14th century Rajput queen.
The Maoists demanded of the government to allow the screening of the movie advocating for the rights to freedom of expression, additional superintendent of police ( Naxal operations, Dantewada ) Abhishek Pallav said, confirming the development.
Members of the Rajput community and many political groups across the country were up in arms against the film, claiming it distorted history and degraded the community.
In the wake of the protests, five states—Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajashtan and Bihar—where BJP is in power banned the screening of the movie.
Keywords : padmavati, maoists, Chattisgarh