New Delhi, Jan 27: With protests still continuing against Padmaavat, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said he saw the film along with a few others Rajput leaders and found nothing objectionable in it. A Rajput himself, Sisodia said that those opposing the film earlier were angry with themselves after watching it.
"I took many of them to the theatre. Saw the movie. Forget about me, people opposing it ... they said there was nothing in this movie," the 46-year-old deputy chief minister told reporters.
Groups like the Karni Sena allege that "Padmaavat" hurts Rajput pride and twists the story of 14th century Queen Padmini, who chose death before surrendering to Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Protesters took to violence and arson in Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh - the states that had initially banned the movie despite the censor board allowing it with tweaks.
Over the last two days, a train was stopped in UP and the Delhi-Jaipur highway and other roads were blocked. In Gurgaon, a bus was set on fire. In parts of UP, protesters forced shops and markets to shut down. A mob was lathi-charged in Etawah. Protesters set afire a ticket booth in Jammu.
On Wednesday, a mob protesting against the film even attacked a school bus in Gurgaon, which was carrying about two dozen children.