The film features Deepika Padukone in the titular role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour. "We will come out on the streets along with other social organisations and protest against it if it gets a release date", Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi had said.
According to Kalvi, Bhansali is a "regular offender" when it comes to "distorting" history in cinema, and that he does not have any faith in the director's word that there are no intimate scenes between Allauddin Khilji and Padmavati in the film, stated a report by The Indian Express.
"For the last 18 months, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena has been protesting against "Padmavati"".
Meanwhile, earlier in the day Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chairman Prasoon Joshi refused to comment on 'Padmavati, ' saying, "I don't want to talk on this topic as of now".
However, according to News18, the producers of the film have reportedly put the film on hold as of now and will not release the film in the United Kingdom till it acquires a certificate from the CBFC in India. The board has asked the makers to resend the film for revision.
The Rajput Karni Sena had even called for a Bharat Bandh on December 1 to protest against the controversial film over what it calls "blatant distortion of facts" by its makers.
Thereafter, members of Shri Rajput Karni Sena once again destroyed the sets of the film in Maharashtra. "But tampering with historical facts and defaming Rajput glory is something that can not be ignored", said Kalvi. The film is based on a poem by the 16th century Sufi author, Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Bhansali had been assaulted by activists of the Karni Sena during the shooting of the film in Jaipur in January. Even the Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh governments are mulling over imposing a ban on the film which has irked several Hindu groups.