Expose Shows Padmavati Protestors To Be Extortionists.
The Rashtriya Rajput Karni Seva which has been vehemently protesting against the content and intent of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming Padmavati has exposed itself to be nothing but an organization of glorified extortion.
In a television sting organized by India Today, a member of the Karni group is clearly heard asking for 1.5 crore “protection money” making these self appointed protectors of Rajput pride nothing more than gangsters and extortionists.
Following the expose, Sanjay Leela Bhansali who was physically roughed up by militant members of the Karni Seva group while shooting in Rajasthan earlier this year ,decided to keep mum over the issue . However a source close to Bhansali says the filmmaker and his co-producer Viacom 18 Motion Pictures have no intention of succumbing to pressure tactics from fringe groups.
“This particular selfappointed custodian of Rajput pride has been intimidating harassing and threatening Bhansali for months now. He has repeatedly assured them, even in writing,that his film in no way denigrates Rani Padmavati. But the Karni group insists they will see the film before they allow the film to be released. But Bhansali won’t show even a frame to these people. They can see the film after release if they so wish,” says the source in the know.
There is the meanwhile a genuine threat to the filmmaker’s well being.
“He is being pressurized and bullied through various channels. Messages warning of dire consequences are being sent to the director. But he won’t let the goons and bullies sit judgment over his film,no matter how much they threaten him,” says the source.