Padmavati row: Arnab, Rajat watched the movie, know their reaction

NEW DELHI: Senior TV journalists Rajat Sharma and Arnab Goswami have come out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.
Since epic drama film ‘Padmavati’ is facing strong opposition, the film’s producers had special screenings for some journalists.
After watching the film, the founder and Editor-in-chief of Republic TV Arnab called Deepika Padukone starrer ‘the biggest tribute to the Rajputs’ and there’s absolutely “nothing that hurts Rajput pride”.
In his prime-time show, Arnab said that every scene of this movie is a ‘cinematic tribute’ to ‘Rani Padmavati’s greatness’ and that Karni Sena and “their vandalism will be called politically sponsored.”
“This Karni Sena will be left looking utterly foolish once the movie hits the box office.”
“The BJP should really reconsider the prospect of embarrassing themselves by joining the Karni Sena side,” he added.

Lending his support to Padmavati, India TV news anchor Rajat Sharma, in his prime time show Aaj Ki Baat said: ” After watching the entire film, I can emphatically say that there is not a single dialogue, not a single scene, not a single sequence that can be said to go against the proud history of the Rajputs of Rajasthan”.
“Sanjay Leela Bhansali has directed the film after conducting full research. While filming the scenes and sequences, he has kept in mind the need to respect the Rajput traditions and etiquettes. There has been no distortion of history in the entire film. I sincerely feel that the valour of Maharaja Rawal Ratan Singh, the strategic mind of Queen Padmavati, their bravery and sacrifice have been correctly portrayed in Bhansali’s film”, Sharma said.
“I understand the feelings of people who have been hurt by this film, but their anger is merely based on hearsay. I will humply appeal to all my Rajput brothers and sisters to watch this film at least once and then decide. They will certainly feel that this film has correctly portrayed the Rajputs in a positive light. Every child in this great country will feel proud on watching the sacrifice of Rani Padmavati and Rawal Ratan Singh.
“I can also say that after watching this film, people will definitely feel that they have been unfair to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapur and all those who have been associated with this film.”
The movie is based on the legend of Rani Padmini, a Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Avadhi poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540.
The film, which features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji, is scheduled to release on December 1.