Protests against Panipat in Rajasthan, locals burn effigies of director Ashutosh Gowariker


Ashutosh Gowariker’s much-awaited period drama, Panipat has been released on Friday. The movie opened to a decent start with mixed reactions. While the audience is criticisng the movie calling it a two-hour-long History class, there are protests in parts of Rajasthan.

According to reports, the movie did not go down well with the Jats of Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The locals have been burning effigy of Ashutosh in protest. The locals are protesting against the alleged wrong portrayal of Maharaja Surajmal. In the movie, the great Maratha warrior Sadashiv Rao Bhau (essayed by Arjun Kapoor) asks Maharaja Surajmal for help against the invading Afghans, but Maharaja Surajmal wanted something in return. When his demands were not met he refused to accompany Sadashiv in his battle against the Afghans.

Many locals are also protesting on the fact that the locals shown in the movie speak Rajasthani and Haryanvi whereas they speak pure Braj language (western Hindi language).

This is not the first controversy the magnum opus is facing. Prior to this, a dialogue by Kriti Sanon who is essaying the role of Sadashivrao Bhau’s wife Parvatibai in the movie got the makers in trouble. In the trailer, Kriti’s character Parvatibai says to her husband Sadashivrao Bhau before going for the war that, “Maine suna hai Peshwa jab akele muhim par jaate hain to ek Mastani ke saath laut te hain.”The dialogue did not go down well with many and reportedly a descendant of Peshwa Bajirao sent a notice to the makers.

Earlier, a bestselling Marathi novelist Vishwas Patil had claimed that Panipat was inspired by his 1988 movie of the same name. Patil filed a lawsuit in the Bombay High Court accusing the makers of “stealing” the plot from his historical fiction.

The Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, and Sanjay Dutt-starrer released on December 6.


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