Film “Panipat” released recently, difficulties are increasing constantly. In fact, many people in Haryana and Rajasthan are protesting against the misrepresentation of Maharaja Surajmal and are demanding ban on shows of the film in the state. Recently, members of the royal family of Rajasthan and a minister of the state government have demanded a ban on the film.
State Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh, who is a direct descendant of Surajmal alleged that the movie featuring Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon portrays Bharatpur king Maharaja Surajmal in unseemly manner. Keeping in mind the growing controversy in Rajasthan about the film, many theaters in the capital Jaipur have cancelled the show of this film released recently.
Shows have been canceled at the Rajmandir, Cinepolis, Inox theaters in Jaipur. At the same time, the state government has sought answers from the film distributors regarding the objections of the people. Ashok Tanwar, the manager of Rajmandir Cinemas told ‘Bhasha’ that all the shows of the film ‘Panipat’ have been canceled until the administration forthcoming order. He told that the show at 12 pm on December 9 was also canceled midway due to protests. Due to the presence of the police there was no sabotage in the cinema hall.
On the other hand, the shows of the film Panipat were canceled after protests in all the Inox theaters of Jaipur. According to INOX sources, the show of all six multiplexes of Panipat in Jaipur has been canceled until further orders. Raj Bansal, general secretary of Rajasthan Film Trade and Promotion Council said, “Some cinemas have taken the film off the screen in view of the protest. The film is being shown after the approval from the censor board, but the theaters have to bear the brunt of the protest.”
In Bikaner, Jaipur and Bharatpur, some people raised slogans against the film and demanded a ban on the film. In Bharatpur, Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh, MLAs Wajib Ali and Mukesh Bhakar and Ramswaroop Gavadia demanded a ban on the film.
A citizen Ramavatar Palsania has complained against the makers of the film at the Mansarovar police station. It is accused of tampering with historical facts and tarnishing the image of Maharaja Surajmal. Station in-charge Sunil Kumar said that the complaint has been kept for investigation and no FIR has been registered at the moment.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Jaipur) Ajay Pal Lamba said that extensive security arrangements have been made in the theaters where the film is being shown. He said, ‘No one will be allowed to spoil law and order.’ The movie is based on the third battle of Panipat fought between the Maratha empire and Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali in 1761.
Jaipur theatres stop screening ‘Panipat’; Jat community chief seeks ban on film