New Delhi, September 22, 2017: The Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, has said it will oppose screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” if facts are “distorted” in the film.
“Around 20 days back someone from Bhansali’s team had called and told us to see the film, but we asked them to show it to historians and intellectuals. After that we have not heard anything from them,” Lokendra Singh Kalvi, patron and founder of Shri Rajput Karni Sena, told IANS.
His comments come as the first look of Bhansali’s much-awaited film, featuring Deepika Padukone, was released. The actor plays Rani Padmini or Padmavati of Chittor, alongside Ranveer Singh who plays Alauddin Khilji.
In January activists of the Karni Sena had protested and manhandled and misbehaved with the crew of Bhansali’s “Padmavati” claiming that the filmmaker was distorting historical facts in the movie.
They had also damaged some cameras and other equipments. Bhansali had to stop the shooting.
“We will not allow distorted facts to be shown in the film at any cost, and will see to it that the film is not screened in half of India,” Kalvi said.
The Karni Sena claimed that they have got a big library and that in no book is it written that Alauddin Khilji, a powerful ruler of the Khilji dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate in 13th-14th century, fell in love with Padmavati or that he was her lover.
“They are trying to defame Padmavati by distorting historical facts. It is not acceptable,” an activist of Karni Sena said.
The Karni Sena is famous for protesting violently against everything which they think is disgracing the Rajputs
It is now high time to think if such groups really deserve all the hype that we provide them with
Till a few days ago, Karni Sena was all over the news, be it internet or television, everywhere there was the news of Karni Sena and the movie, Padmavati or the Padmaavat as was renamed later.
Karni Sena-Padmavati controversy went on for so long that now everybody knows about it, even those who neither care about politics nor Bollywood. The protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie was so strong it took the whole nation in its stride.
The movie was postponed and faced bans in many parts of the country. The protest was very severe and serious and bring out opinions out of everyone in the country.
Karni Sena chief, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, said that the movie portrays Rajputs in a bad light. The movie was disgracing their queen, Padmavati (which is believed to be fiction, and not reality at all) and was disrespectful to the Rajputs in general. All this without watching the movie.
After all the killing, nose-cutting and other kinds of threats, Karni Sena finally takes back their protest. The question arises, is Karni Sena really worth all this hype? But before that, what exactly is the origin of the Karni Sena?
Karni Sena – A brief history
Karni Sena or the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) is a Rajput, caste-based organisation in India. It has a history of being involved in severe violent protests throughout the years to save the ‘Rajputana grace.’
The Karni Sena chief, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, started the SRKS in 2005 as his attempt to mobilise and bring together the Rajput community in India.
The community famously demanded reservations for Rajput in the government jobs and also protested against the ‘sidelining Rajput figures’ in the textbooks. The SRKS also wanted to raise the stature of Rajput legislators in the Parliament.
Since then there have been some splits in the Karni Sena which has given birth to three of its fractions, each led by three different leaders.
Karni Sena – Really worth the hype or not?
‘Padmavat’ was not the first time, SRKS protested against any film or TV show involving the Rajputs. Previously, they have protested against the Ashutosh Gowariker movie, ‘ Jodhaa Akbar’ however, they did not receive any apologies from the unapologetic film-maker.
The protest against the movie was strong and many cinema halls Rajasthan did not show the movie. The ones which did were violently vandalised by the Sena.
A similar protest was seen against the serial, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ by Ekta Kapoor. The reason was same, defamation of the Rajputs.
Throughout the years, SRKS has done nothing but indulged in irrational demands and protests. It is nothing more than an anti-social element in the Indian society. Where people are trying to rise above caste and reservations, groups like these are doing nothing but hindering the path towards social equality.
Groups like these perform protests and issues threats for the sole reason of seeking publicity and attention. But, do we really need to give attention to these groups when there are more pressing matters that we as a country need to pay attention to?
Indians and Indian media need to start paying attention to the issues which really matters. Caste-based groups like SRKS do nothing but hamper the peace of our country. It is now high time that we stop reacting and start thinking if they really deserve all the hype that they get.