Jaipur: A fringe Rajasthan group called the Karni Sena has escalated its protests against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, threatening actor Deepika Padukone with physical harm and calling for a bandh across the country on December 1, the day the film is set be released.

“Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha,” said a leader of the group in a video released today, referring to the act of cutting the nose off. Another member of the Sena said, “We will gather in lakhs, our ancestors wrote history with blood we will not let anyone blacken it.We will call for a Bharat bandh on December 1.”

One group has threatened to send signatures in blood to the Censor Board to demand that the film not be cleared for release.

Protests have been spreading, with more groups joining the demand that the film be banned.

Padmavati is based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor and critics, mostly Rajput groups, say the film…

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