"Can't wait for 'Padmavati' to release" - Deepika Padukone

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Actress Aditi Rao Hydari has praised filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and says he celebrates the culture and music of India in his films.

Earlier in the day, Karni Sena members vandalised Aakash Mall in Rajasthan's Kota in protest against showing the trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversy film "Padmavati".

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan State Commission for Women (RSCW) chairperson Suman Sharma has written to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asking for a screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati for members of the Rajput community.

The film stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles. The demand for the formation of a panel to preview the movie before release is also gaining momentum, with threats range from bandhs to protests.

Padmavati, based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor, has been met with resistance from certain quarters, mainly Rajput groups, who say the film wrongly implies a romantic relationship between Padmini and Emperor Alauddin Khilji.

Udaipur: Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh on Tuesday came out in support of the controversy-mired film Padmavati, underscoring a director's right to creative freedom. What have we gotten ourselves into?

"As an industry, we are hoping the film gets a good release and people are able to watch the film and then decide", said the actor while speaking on the sidelines of the second edition of Lokmat Maharashtra's Most Stylish awards. "Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective".

Deepika's comments did not go down well with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Deepika is convinced the movie will release, as scheduled, on December 1. "It's been a pretty incredible journey", said Deepika, who says she senses a soul, heart and mind connect with the director. This has happened with many films in the past and every time it has happened, I have spoken openly about it.

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