Riots Roil India Ahead of Controversial Movie Release
Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:25 WIB | SECURITY |IndiaFilm

Riots broke out in cities across India as angry protestors torched cars and damaged movie theaters a day before a controversial film is set to be released.

A day before 'Padmaavat', a movie based on the story of a 14th-century Hindu queen, is set to be released, mobsters torched a bus in a town outside the nation's capital of Delhi, protesters marched on train tracks to block trains in Uttar Pradesh. Cinemas and shopping malls were vandalized in multiple cities ” including in the northern state of Jammu where a ticket booth was set on fire.

Hindu hardliners have been protesting the movie for months, accusing its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali of "distorting history" by portraying a Muslim ruler as the lover of Hindu queen Padmavati. Bhansali has denied the accusations, which many historians say are baseless as there is little factual evidence that Padmavati existed.

The movie's title was earlier changed from Padmavati to Padmaavat, in an effort to compromise with critics of the film, who insist that it will hurt the honor of Rajputs, a warrior caste of North India for whom Padmavati is a symbol of pride and honor.

Source: VOA news

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