As Padmaavat hit theatres in India on Thursday, the Karni Sena's protests seeking a ban on the film continued with its members taking motorcycle rallies in Jaipur and supporters of the group, which claims to represent India's Rajput community, trying to dissuade people in Lucknow from watching the film.
The film Padmaavat has been made on an extravagant and lavish scale, as one can see from the sets and costumes.
In the territories where it will enjoy an unfettered release, "Padmaavat" will have the benefit of a solo run as Sony's female hygiene drama "Padman", starring Akshay Kumar, postponed their release to February 9. Posters or placards displaying the movie Padmaavat were not seen in any theatre. "The Rajputs are shown in good light".More news: League Cup: How Arsenal beat Chelsea to final ticket
This too is not an in-your-face scene, rather it is all subtle. Here are the five times then the story of Rani Padmini was adapted for the screen without seeing any violent protests.
With Deepika Padukone playing the title role, the much awaited movie has been mired in controversy for its alleged "misrepresentations" and "distortion of facts". I don't understand why they are protesting. "And before starting of this film, I always said that I was very nervous because I was new in this team and my character was least known among all three major characters of the film so it was tough to portray it". The notion was backed by other moviegoers, including Khairun Shaikh and Vipin Tiwari.
But, do you still want to watch the movie? It is also being said that there is high probability that the film cashes in Rs 100 (plus) in its opening weekend. At 164-minutes, engineer Pratishtha Ram, a self-proclaimed cinephile, found the film "awfully slow". "I myself and the concerned DCPs of zones are patrolling the city. When the drama finally ensued, it was half-baked". "My daughter turned nervous and requested me to cancel the plan but I clicked a selfie with her right there to show her that no one can harm us", said Vinod Ramesh Mishra. "In a few places the film won't be shown due to possible threat (of violence)", said Rajender Singh, Chief Programming Officer, Inox.
In Gujarat, however, the bandh called by the Karni Sena evoked a tepid response with educational institutions, offices and markets open in most parts of the state.