Published On: Thu, Dec 10th, 2015

Bajirao Mastani is facing temporary ban



Shiv Sena, the extremist Hindu party in India, was against Pakistani artists who were working in Indian film industry. Now this extremist party has turned to its own local actors to halt them. Shiv Sena has curved its concentration towards the local well-known director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his purportedly unfair depiction of Marathi general Peshwa Bajirao and his wife Mastani in his imminent flick Bajirao Mastani.

The previous week, Bajirao and Mastani’s descendant had taken exclusion to the movie’s “vulgar” song videos and idealistic trailer.

The movie, which was going to release on 18 December, is now calling for a brief ban on it by Shiv Sena. The cast of the film includes young star Ranveer Singh (Bajirao), Deepika Padukone (Mastani) and Priyanka Chopra (as Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai).

Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik has complaints that the Marathi people’s feelings are hurt by this unfair representation in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He also persisted that the film should just be released after it has been shown to the descendants and their grievances have been tackled.

According to reports, Sarnaik told that there we feel the lack of research done on movie’s trailer and song videos. He further stated that “[The film] is not being made on an untrue personality. Peshwa Bajirao is a respected symbol and renowned soldier for all Maharashtrians. To portray that kind of renowned figure dancing whereas forcefully moving his Shendi in the song ‘Malhari’ is extremely intolerable. We don’t even dance akin to that through Ganpati revels.”

He further told that “The CM has agreed upon my letter and planned an investigation into the similar. Sanjay Leela Bhansali should have accepted the visions and views of the Peshwa descendants and esteemed our Marathi sentiments although making the movie.”

The oppositions by the descendants to Bajirao Mastani previous week were met by calm on Bhansali’s part, and Sarnaik currently persists that the movie will be released after their complaints are tackled.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.