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Another Congress leader demands ban on 'Padmavati'; wants pre-release screening for historians
Just days after senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Gujarat Shankersinh Vaghela, who is an influential Kshatriya leader opposed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming period film 'Padmavati' another leader from the party has joined the row.

Alleging that the film distorts history, another leader from the party has demanded a ban on Padmavati saying that the filmmaker wants to sensationalise the subject by misrepresenting real historical facts.

President of Jaipur district Congress and Rajput leader Pratap Singh Khachariyawas has demanded a ban on Bhansali's magnum opus saying that the controversial film should not be allowed to be screened in India or outside the country until it is approved and authenticated by historians.

The leader also added that an official pre-release screening arrangement should be made for the historians as well as Kshatriya representatives first.

"Padmavati along with 16,000 women from all religions committed Jauhar (mass self-immolation) and it shows women's sacrifice for prestige and pride. History won't be justified if the bravery and sacrifice Padmavati and Laxmi Bai are separated. India's history is its heritage," Khachariyawas said while addressing a press conference on Sunday.

He further added, "It is the responsibility of the state and the Central governments that the film does not distort history. If it was found that the film is not confirming to history it has to be banned," the leader demanded. He made the demand regarding the ban in personal capacity with the state Congress unit maintaining a distance.

Accusing filmamker Sanjay Leela Bhansali of generating controversies for publicity of his movies, he said that the director wanted to sensationalise the subject by distorting history which can not be tolerated. He further warned the Vasundhara Raje government saying it would be solely responsible over the state's worsening law and order situation after the film is released in theatres.

Earlier, Shankersinh Vaghela had also warned the government saying that if the film is released without the Kshatriya community's consent, there could be violence in the state ahead of polls. Voting takes place in Gujarat in two phases on December 9 and 14, while the film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh releases across theatres on December 1.

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