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Panipat film lands in trouble, Rajasthan royals raise objections

Panipat film lands in trouble, Rajasthan royals raise objections

A member of the royal family in Rajasthan and minister in the state government has called for a ban on screening of the film Panipat, directed by Ashutosh Govarikar, which tells the story of the Third Battle of Panipat fought in 1761 between the Marathas and Afghan King Ahmad Shah Abdali. As per reports, locals of Rajasthan are protesting against the Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon film, claiming misrepresentation of the Jats of Rajasthan.

Panipat, which is based on the Third Battle Of Panipat, has Arjun Kapoor essay the role of Sadashiv Rao Bhau. In the film, when Sadashiv seeks the supports of Maratha ally Maharaja Surajmal in Rajasthan in their fight against Afghan invader Ahmad Shah Abdali (Sanjay Dutt), the latter is shown to negotiate a stiff deal with Sadashiv. When Sadashiv refused to agree to his terms, Maharaja Surajmal denied support against the Afghans.

Tourism minister Vishvendra Singh of Rajasthan government, former Maharaja of Bharatpur, has lodged a protest regarding the way the character of Jat Maharaj Surajmal has been filmed in the Panipat film. The minister said the film's portrayal of Maharaja Surajmal has hurt the sentiments of Jats.

"It is very sad that a great man like Maharaja Surajmal Jat of Bharatpur has been depicted in the film Panipat in a very wrong way while tampering with historical facts. I believe that the film should be banned in view of the huge opposition in the Jat community of Haryana, Rajasthan and north India, otherwise, the law and order of the country may deteriorate," the minister in the Ashok Gehlot government said in a statement. Read More...

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