WEB DESK: After its string on attacks on Pakistani stars, Shiv Sena is now after India’s own celebrities.The Hindu right wing group has now taken its toll on director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his allegedly wrongful portrayal of Marathi general Peshwa Bajirao in his upcoming magnum opus Bajirao Mastani.
Earlier, Bajirao and Mastani’s descendents had taken exception to the film’s vulgar song videos and unrealistic trailer.
The flick which features Ranvir Singh(Bajirao), Deepika Padukone(Mastani) and Priyanka Chopra( as Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai) is slated to be released in less than a week and now Shiva Sena is calling for a temporary ban on it.
Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik has protested that feeling of Marathis are hurt by this wrongful portrayal in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
He also insisted that the movie should only be released after it has been shown to the descendants and their complaints have been addressed.
Talking to The Indian Express Sarnaik said that the film’s trailer and song videos show a lack of research.
He said:“[The film] is not being made on a fictitious character. Peshwa Bajirao is a revered icon and legendary warrior for all Maharashtrians. To show such a legendary figure dancing while vigorously moving his Shendi in the song ‘Malhari’ is highly unacceptable. We don’t even dance like that during Ganpati celebrations.”
He also said, “The CM has acknowledged my letter and ordered an enquiry into the same. Sanjay Leela Bhansali should have considered the views and opinions of the Peshwa descendants and respected our Marathi sentiments while making the film.”
Source: INDIAN EXPRESS