In India, increased security measures in connection with the release of the Bollywood film “Padmaavati“, mass protests against which have continued for several months. The demonstrators set fire to cars and attacked the cinemas, demanding to ban the film.
In the suburbs of Delhi after the attack on the school bus, some schools are closed in several states the cinemas refused to display the picture.
Conservative Hindu organizations claim that the film offends their feelings, as it tells about the love of a Hindu queen and a Muslim sultan.
Riots broke out in Mumbai where Bollywood is located, as well as in other Indian states. As a result of the premiere of the film which was originally scheduled for December 1 was postponed for two months.
Residents of Delhi, who managed to see the film, say that there is nothing contradictory in it. “There is no reason for all these protests,” one of the spectators told the media.
The Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit of four states that called for the film to be banned for security reasons, stressing that ensuring law and order is the responsibility of state administrations.
In three out of four states, the nationalist “Bharatiya Janata Party” rules.
Earlier the representative of the party responsible for working with the media in the state of Haryana promised to break the legs of the actor Ranvir Singh who was in the picture, but in the party itself, his statements distanced.
Dispute about Film Padmaavati
The main roles in the film are Bollywood stars Deepika Padukon and Ranvir Singh.
The painting is based on the epic of the 16th century, which tells of Queen Rani Padmini (Padmaavati).
According to the legend, in order to get the Sinhalese princess Padmaavati, the Sultan of Delhi Ala ad-Din Hilgi, who ruled in the XIV century, attacked the Rajput state of her spouse Ratan Seine.
The Muslim ruler successfully suppressed the forces of Ratan Seine, but could not achieve the goal – Padmaavati burned herself to not fall into his hands.
Rajputs are an ethno-class group in Pakistan and northern India, their number now is about 17 million people.
Hindus and the organization representing the Rajputs say that the film has an intimate scene in which the Muslim Sultan in dreams draws pictures of intimacy with the beautiful queen preaching Hinduism.
The film’s director Sanjay Lila Bhansali asserts that there is no such scene in the film.
But rumors about this scene were enough to cause an outburst of indignation of the conservative part of the Hindus.
The film “Padmaavati” is not about the love of the queen of the Hindus and the ruler-Muslim, as the demonstrators say in recent months.
There is also no scene with dreams of intimacy. The queen Padmavati does not dance before strangers and does not wear any obscene clothes.
In fact, the glamor image of jahuhara, the mass self-immolation of women led by Padmavati, deserves indignation. Together with hundreds of women, she ends her life in order not to be captured by a Muslim sultan.
The horrible end of these women is celebrated and glorified at the climax of the film once again emphasizing the superiority of the interests of the community and male honor over the life of a woman.