CM Vasundhara Raje, Padmavat Should Be the Least of Your Worries

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CM Vasundhara Raje, Padmavat Should Be the Least of Your Worries

Illustration: Palak Bansal

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ast evening, I imagine Sanjay Leela Bhansali must have heaved a sigh of relief when it was confirmed that Padmavati would finally release in theatres on January 25 as Padmavat, fresh from a CBFC-approved makeover. The news came after months of uncertainty over whether the film would eventually end up seeing the light of day. The lead actors dodged death threats, the filmmaker had to release a Karan Johar-inspired video, and the completely irrelevant Rajput Karni Sena was afforded prime real estate in our attention spans.

Just when it seemed that we could bid goodbye to the epic spectacle that had gripped the collective conscious of every Indian (especially politicians and fringe outfits), Vasundhara Raje dealt the harshest blow: By announcing that Padmavat will not be releasing in the state. Bhansali’s sigh of relief remained short-lived.

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