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Sanjay Bhansali is well-respected film producer-director in Bollywood. He has always made topical and interesting films. His last film "Baji Rao Mastani" depicted on the screen, the love of a Maharatta warrior with a Muslim princess.

This film was opposed by a small fringe at that time. This time, his film "Padmavati" has ignited controversy and the extremist fringe of Hindus led by the Karni Sena has opposed the release of the film. Despite this, the film garnered a fair amount of business at the box office on its release on 25 January 2018. The Movie Box office has reported that the film has collected over Rs 80 crores($120 million) in its first four days after release.

This is a terrific opening at the box office.

Box office hit

The film is on its way to becoming a box office hit and in all probability, Bhansali will more than recover the Rs 190 crores( $300 million) spent on making the film. The film is not yet released in four Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Gujerat because of pressure by fringe elements of right-wing Hindu groups like Karni Sena to ban the film.They had also filed a writ in the Supreme Court to ban the film all over India but their Lordships rejected the plea. The film was slated for release on 01 December last year but due to agitation by some elements representing Rajput clans who felt slighted by the theme of the film, the screening was shelved.

The tale

The tale of "Padmavat" depicts on screen the passion of the Sultan of Delhi Allauddin Khilji for the queen of Chittor, Rani Padmavati who was renowned for her beauty.

His passion led him to attack Chittor and resulted in the sack of the fortress city. As per custom at that time the Queen with her handmaidens committed "Jauhar" ritual burning to death to escape being captured by the force of Allauddin. Hindu groups representing Rajput clans were incensed that Bhansali had depicted on screen the negative aspects of Hinduism like Jauhar. The fact that the Rajputs were defeated was also a factor.

Controversy

The film has been cleared after much controversy by the Film Censor Board. The Times of India has reported that the producer was asked to mention on the screen, that the film in no way supports Sati and Jauhar, two evils of Hindu society, which were banned when the British ruled India.

The film has clicked at the box office and its success shows that the Indian public, by and large, accepts the film for its worth and do not support fringe elements like the Karni Sena. The film will have to be released in the four states as well, as directed by the Supreme Court.