It appears that despite changes to the film’s content, Hindu extremists are still not happy with Padmavaat as hundreds of protestors went on a rampage in the city ahead of the film’s release.
Padmavaat is a movie based on a mythical Hindu queen and her love affair with Muslim ruler Allhudin Khilji. Violence against the movie started late Tuesday and carried on into the night in the main city Gujarat. The movie is scheduled to be released on Thursday, but Hindu extremists are demanding that it should not be released at all.
Several hundred people attacked shops in malls and set alight 50 motorcycles and damaged more than 150 cars across the city, police said.
Gujarat home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said 10 people were arrested on Tuesday, taking overall detentions caused by the movie to more than 60 in 48 hours.
Police said the names of more than 500 suspects for rioting and unlawful assembly had been registered across Gujarat.
“These are anti-social elements who are attempting to disrupt the peace in the state. They will be dealt with strictly,” Jadeja told journalists.
A group named Rajput Karni Sena has threatened to attack cinemas showing the film. Based on these threats, police deployment near malls and cinemas has increased.
In recent days, radical groups have blocked roads and burned buses and toll booths in protest against the movie.
The movie stars Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, the husband of Padmavati, and Ranveer Singh as Khilji who leads an invasion to try to capture the queen. Deepika Padukone plays the lead character of Queen Padmavati.
Protesters maintain it distorts history, even though experts say the queen is a mythical character.
Earlier this month the film censor board cleared Padmaavat for release with five changes.