Days after the Supreme Court refused a plea seeking to ban the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial historical drama 'Padmavati' featuring Deepika Padukone as the Rajput goddess queen, the royal family of Mewar has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministry of information and broadcasting and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to withhold permission to release the film on December 1.
M K Vishvaraj Singh of Udaipur-Mewar royal family said in his letter that although Bhansali claimed the film is "well researched, factual and true to history", it is based on a text that's not regarded as accurate.
Stating that the filmmaker has relied on 'Padmavat' by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, a Sufi poet, he says, "The work is replete with poetic imagery and even has a talking and thinking parrot."
Adding that the important events in the film have wrongly been depicted he claimed that there were only three 'jauhars' (self-immolation) in the 1,400-year-old recorded history of Mewar.
He also condemned the use of the family name without seeking permission