Censor Board member and BJP worker calls Bhansali ‘anti-national,’ wants him booked for treason


BJP functionary and a CBFC member has demanded that ”Padmavati” director Sanjay Leela Bhansali be tried for treason for distorting the history on Padmavati.


Arjun Gupta, who is the General Secretary of the Uttar Bharatiya Morcha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that something “disgusting” was being done in the pursuit of earning money and for boosting one’s career. He said that he had also written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding a case of treason be filed against Bhansali.

Referring to Bhansali, Gupta said that he has tried to malign Rani Padmavati’s sacrifice through “Padmavati”.

“The whole country, not just the Rajput community, is standing against it. He needs to be severely punished by being tried for treason for his attempt to distort history, so that in future any filmmaker is wary of these kind of projects,” he was quoted by IANS.

Gupta told News 18 that if he was present, he would have stopped the CBFC from clearing even the trailer of the movie, ‘let alone the film.’

“I am fully confident that my letter will taken into consideration, and a sedition case is run (registered) against Bhansali. If I was present I would not have allowed the Censor Board to pass the trailer, let alone the film,” Gupta added.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court rejected a petition seeking a ban on the film’s 1 December release.

“Padmavati” is slated to release on December 1, and there is brouhaha over it as various organisations have been targeting the filmmaker for distortion of history in the movie, touted as a “historical drama”.

Bhansali has repeatedly clarified that the film has no such scene between Rani Padmavati and invader Alauddin Khilji which can hurt sentiments.


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