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British cinemas screening controversial Bollywood movie, ‘Padmavati’ must be burned down threatens the leader of a hardline Hindu nationalist group ‘Karni Sena’. The British Board of Film Classification has cleared the movie with 12A rating.
But the clearance of the movie has caused mass outrage in India. British distributors are hence reconsidering the release of the movie in the UK in fear of what some Indian immigrants might do.
The leader from Rajput Karni Sena, Sukhdev Singh issued threat on national television. In his threatening message, he urged the community members living in the UK to protest the release of the movie there.
He said, “I call on Hindus in the UK and particularly my community brothers to protest against the screening of the film there.”
He added: “I have told them any cinema hall which screens the movie will be burnt.”
Paramount Pictures, the UK distributor for the film, says they are planning to revise the date of release, and the final decision could be made after discussing with producers in India.
The movie earlier was to be released on December 1st.
A London-based charity Rajput Samaj has already declared their opposition but says that they will hold a peaceful protest if the movie is screened in the UK.
Earlier a body was found hanging in the Fort of Nahargarho, situated near 20 Kilometers of Jaipur, along with threatening messages against the film.
A message along with the body said, “Padmavati ka virodh” (Opposition against Padmavati). Hum putle nahi jalate, latkate hain” (we don’t burn effigies, we kill)”
Police authorities have commenced investigations while Karni Army has condemned the incident saying that they have nothing to do with this. The police say the reason for death can only be determined after the investigation since it would be too early to determine if it was a murder or a suicide.
Last week the producers of Padmavati announced that they have voluntarily deferred the release of ‘Padmavati’ amid all the chaos and outrage.