Akshay Kumar’s film ‘Prithviraj’, based on the life of India’s last Hindu emperor, Prithviraj Chauhan, has been mired in controversy even before its release. Karni Sena, who is said to be the representative of Rajputs, has demanded the filmmakers to change its title. He says that by adding emperor to the name of the movie, it should keep ‘Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan’. If the creators of the film do not change its title, there have been threats that it will not be released in all of Rajasthan. For this, exhibitors from Rajasthan have also been warned by Karni Sena. Earlier Gurjar Mahasabha also claimed that Prithviraj Chauhan was not a Rajput king but a Gurjar king. Akhil Bhartiya Veer Gurjar Mahasabha says that if the word ‘Rajput’ continues to be used for Prithviraj Chauhan, then they will not allow the film to be released. This is not the first time that a film has been opposed by a caste political organization, before this controversy has occurred with half a dozen films. But the cinema has always benefited from this controversy.
Also in the film industry, controversy has become a tactic to popularize movies. Sometimes such topics are deliberately chosen, which people object to. When the protests begin across the country. The film has its full mileage, then the filmmakers release it making minor changes. In this way, the movie has as much popularity as it cannot get even after spending crores of rupees. The biggest example of this is many Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies. Karni Sena also opposed his film ‘Padmavat’. The protests continued for almost a year. The matter went from the road to the Supreme Court. After all this, Sanjay Leela Bhansali released the film with minor manipulations. Seeing the first protest, people thought that the film would fail, but after the premiere, the matter turned upside down.
The movie ‘Padmavat’ made a business of Rs 585 crores at the box office while its budget was Rs 180 crores. In the year 2012, the movie ‘Oh My God’ was also accused of mocking Hinduism. The film was made at a cost of Rs 20 crore, but achieved a record box office gross of Rs 121 crore after its release. In this way, the film had earned about 500 percent more than the cost. Religious organizations had raised many objections to Aamir Khan’s movie ‘PK’ which was released in the year 2014. Aamir Khan came to the target of people due to the first nude poster in the movie and later making fun of Hinduism. But the film, made at a cost of Rs 122 crore, earned Rs 616 crore at the box office. That is, 405 percent more profits were obtained. It can be understood from these examples that protest has always been a profitable deal for movies.
Let us know about some major movies, about which organizations that do religious caste politics created a ruckus…
Budget: 180 million rupees
Collection – Rs 585 crore
Release date: January 25, 2018
Starcast- Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor
Director- Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Veteran filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is famous for making big, great movies. From the sets to the music in his movies, everything is beautiful. Bhansali also directed the film Padmavat, which was released in 2018. In it, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor were seen in the lead roles. The story of this movie is based on Rani Padmavati who was very beautiful. Deepika Padukone also looked very beautiful in this movie and her appearance was also highly discussed. Due to the controversy surrounding the release of the film, the name of the film was changed from Padmavati to ‘Padmavat’. Ranveer Singh gave a powerful performance as the tyrannical Sultan Alauddin Khilji.
2. Movie- Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
Budget- Rs 70 crore
Collection – Rs 157 crore
Release date: January 25, 2019
Starcast: Kangana Ranaut, Jisshu Sengupta, Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, and Vaibhav Tatvvadi
Director- Kangana Ranaut and Radhakrishna
Controversy Queen Kangana Ranaut’s film Manikarnika, released in 2019, is based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Kangana has played the role of Laxmibai in this movie. Jisshu Sengupta as Gangadhar Rao, Atul Kulkarni as Tatya Tope, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub as Sadashiv, Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkaribai, and Richard Keep as General Hugh Rose. The film chronicles the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and his fight against the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The film is directed by director Radhakrishna and Kangana Ranaut. This film was also opposed by Karni Sena.
3. Movie- Jodha Akbar
Budget – Rs 30 crore
Collection – Rs 120 crore
Release date: February 15, 2008
Starcast – Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai and Sonu Sood
Director- Ashutosh Gowariker
Released in the year 2008, the movie Jodha Akbar is based on the love story of the Mughal emperor Akbar and the Rajput princess Jodha Bai. Hrithik Roshan as Akbar and Aishwarya Rai as Jodha Bai. Before the premiere, Karni Sena had raised many questions about the historical accuracy of this film. There was also tremendous opposition to the film. The music, costumes and acting of this film were liked by the audience. The budget of the film was 30 million rupees while its box office collection is 120 million rupees.
Budget – Rs 85 crore
Collection – Rs 854 crore
Release date: December 19, 2014
Starcast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Saurabh Shukla and Boman Irani
Director- Rajkumar Hirani
‘PK’ is a sci-fi comedy-drama movie released in the year 2014. It was directed by famous filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani while the story was written by Abhijit Joshi. The film is produced under the banners of Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films. The way some people run their business here in the name of God, PK teaches them a lesson without saying anything. Although supposedly this was done by God’s messengers, but PK also shows the mirror to that section of society, which is wearing the cloak of superstition or trying to cover it up. In this film, the message of how our society certifies a person’s character after knowing his religion has been directly given. However, many religious organizations strongly opposed the film, accusing it of mocking Hinduism.
5. Cinema- Bajirao Mastani
Budget- Rs 150 crore
Collection – Rs 360 crore
Release date: December 18, 2015
Starcast- Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra
Director- Sanjay Leela Bhansali
The movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’ released in the year 2015 is one of the best historical Bollywood movies. The film is shot in Peshwa Bajirao of the Maratha Empire and his second wife Mastani. In this, the role of Mastani was played by Deepika Padukone. He brought Mastani to life on the big screen with her brilliant performance. At the same time, Ranveer Singh also did a great job as Bajirao. In this film, Priyanka Chopra was seen in the role of Bajirao’s first wife. This historical film was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This film was also opposed by some people who alleged manipulation of historical facts.