35 supporters of Karni Sena detained in Mumbai — Padmaavat Clash

35 supporters of Karni Sena detained in Mumbai — Padmaavat Clash

Police are on high alert across several states after protesters pledged to disrupt the release of "Padmaavat", a Bollywood epic about a mythical Hindu queen.

The protesters carried sticks and caused minor injuries to 14 people, said B.S. Sandhu, a senior police official, adding that police had detained 15 protesters.

Opponents claim the movie will feature a romantic liaison between Padmavati and 14th century Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji despite repeated denials by filmmakers.

Mumbai: Actress Deepika Padukone's "Padmaavat" released on Thursday and she is confident that despite the political furore over the film, its box office collection will be "earth-shattering". Several protestors blocked the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, while a train in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura was stopped at stop train at Bhuteshwar railway station. Violent protests were also reported from Mathura, Meerut and Noida. The protesters also burnt used tyres to show their anger. Police in riot gear were stationed outside theatres as threats of violence escalated. The film is slated for release tomorrow.

"We are adamant on our stand that this film Padmavaat should be banned; there should be a self-imposed curfew by people".

The group's leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi said Wednesday they respected the Supreme Court's ruling but their opposition to the film had not wavered.

Gurgaon police along with 550 additional forces including local police stations teams have been deployed in the citys major areas including multiplexes, Commissioner of Police Sandeep Khairwar said.

Meanwhile, cinema owners in all the troubled states have decided not to screen the film.

In Mumbai police rounded up 50 suspects affiliated with hardline groups on Wednesday, in a "pre-emptive action" ahead of the release, said the city's police spokesman Deepak Deoraj.

A theatre was vandalised in Jammu while there were protests in Gorakhpur as well.

"Padmavat has been cleared by the Censor Board as well as the Supreme Court".

Initially the film was named Padmavati. Joshi should consult Sanjay Leela Bhansali first as the latter knows what happens when you come uninvited to Rajasthan. Both, Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Akshay Kumar addressed a joint press conference to announce the news.

It is a lesser known fact that the film is based loosely on Malik Muhammad Jayasi's "masnavi" (spiritual couplet), which was penned down in the 1540s.



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