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Padmavati row: Amarinder Singh says those 'protesting are rightly doing so'

File photo: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 20, 2017, 09.41 AM (IST)

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has come out in support of people who are protesting against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed 'Padmavati'.

"Nobody will accept distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so," Amarinder said. 

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan also announced Monday that the movie would not be released in his state since it distorted history.

National Conference leader Devender Singh Rana has also written to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asking her not to allow the release of the film unitl its contents have been verified.

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Historians however say Rani Padmavati or Padmini of Chittor is not a historical figure. 

She is a literary character first appearing in a book of poetry -- Padmavat -- written in 1540 by the Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi. 

There is no historical record of her having ever existed. 

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