The BJP has approached the Election Commission seeking its intervention to stop the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" without a pre-release screening by the Kshatriya community, saying "distortion of facts" in the movie will hurt their sentiments.
"We are sure that our reasonable request will be honored and a screening/reviewing of the film before its release is held at the earliest for Rajput representatives jointly with the Election Commission".
"Also just postponing the release will not assuage the feelings of a community. What we want is that Bhansali's team should screen the movie for historians and intellectuals before releasing it as we are afraid and concerned that historical facts have been distorted in the movie", Vishavbandhu Rathore, Pradesh Mahasachiv Sri Rajput Karni Sena, a Rajput community organisation, told IANS.
According to reports, people are angry over the fact the movie shows a romantic angle between Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh).
However, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the cast of the film have maintained throughout that the film does not portray any such relationship between the two lead characters.
Meanwhile, the Congress said the ruling party was doing politics and trying to turn the film into a poll issue.
Bhansali's period drama has been under constant threat from the members of the Rajput Karni Sena, who have demanded a pre-release preview show of the film to make sure there is no distortion of history.
Karni Sena claims that they have got a big library and that in no book is it written that Alauddin Khilji fell in love with Padmavati or that he was her lover.
"Now that the elections are round the corner, you are writing to the EC asking it not to allow release of the movie".
Senior Congress leader and also a chief ministerial hopeful, Shaktisinh Gohil echoed views that were strikingly similar to his political rival though he did seek to put the BJP in a spot too.