They are loud, they are relentless and they are back. It’s been fifteen days since Padmaavat hit the silver screens after a month-long tussle with the newly-formed pseudo censor board called the Karni Sena. But “picture abhi baki hain, mere dost!” The Sena has now turned its attention towards another upcoming historical biopic starring Kangana Ranaut. But this time they are not on the forefront.
“Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” tells the tale of the great warrior Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi . However, Krish, the director of the film, has started contemplating the release of the movie. According to rumours, it shows a love affair between Lakshmi Bai and a British Official. Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha launched its vehement protests against the release of the movie, following the footsteps of its fellow organization, the Karni Sena.
The Shree Rajput Karni Sena was providing its full support to the Brahmin Sava. When asked about the Sena’s actions, their leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi said that Rajputs will never keep quiet if Brahmins are affected, and vice versa. He even claimed about 10,000 letters were signed by Brahmins with their blood to support the protest against the release of Padmaavat.
“We have asked the government to set up a pre-screening board to look into issues related to historical tampering of facts. We strongly propose forming a panel to look into the controversies emerging in films as ‘Padmaavat‘ and ‘Manikarnika‘ “, says Kalvi. He further added that the board should be constituted by the Censor Board, state government or Government of India which should sort out the disputes emerging at any time when any historical tampering is reported. In such times, he said, the expert panel’s role should come in.
If we try to trace back its roots, it would be evident that this organisation is quite an infant. In the year of 2005, some unemployed Rajput youth came together giving rise to the Karni Sena. Initially, it demanded reservation of Rajputs in government sector jobs and educational institutions, Over the time, it has expanded its area of focus.
If we pay a bit of attention, we can see their agendas quite clear. You can join the bandwagon if you agree upon the terms:
First, be loud but not clear. To be in Karni Sena means to protest and shout at the top of your voices, but not a single word should be heard clearly. Your demands should not be easily understandable leaving the masses scratching their heads.
Second, confuse, and just confuse. One time, demand for the banning of the whole movie. Next, ask for visual effects team to step in. And finally, the icing on the cake: ask for the changing the name of the whole blastering movie!
Third and most important, you need to claim that all the steps you take are for the greater good of the masses. You want to ban a movie so that the people are not educated wrongly about history. You finally lift the ban because you care about the well being of the society. How in the world is a movie connected with the well being of the society?! Honestly speaking, you remember the message of a movie only for a few weeks until another one steals the spotlight. If movies had such an impact, India would have turned to a better leaf way back when movies like Rudaali , No One Killed Jessica , My Name Is Khan and such others had released.
We still can’t stop pondering about how these organisations get the information prior to the release of the movie. Is it possible that they are being used as props for publicity stunts by the movie-makers? Do they actually have people working in the Censor Board who leak information to them? You decide.