Sri Sri Ravi Sankar bats for Padmaavat, says film should be celebrated across India

File photo of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 18, 2018, 08.31 AM (IST)

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has come out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. The filmmaker screened the film for the spiritual leader on Wednesday evening at his ashram. 

“I loved the movie and haven't found anything objectionable about it. Very shocked to see people protesting, as the movie is about Rajput honour and is a beautiful tribute to Rani Padmavati. I request people to go watch the movie, it will make you proud. Padmaavat should be celebrated across India,” said the Art of Living founder.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (WION)

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali screened Padmaavat for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday evening at his ashram. (WION)

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Padmaavat has been in the middle of a controversy as a fringe group, Rajput Karni Sena demanded a ban on the film's release as they felt it dishonoured the Rajput community and Queen Padmini.  

While the film was cleared by CBFC in the first week of January with a demand of title change and 5 modifications in the story, four states decided to ban the film. On Thursday, the Supreme Court stayed the ban and cleared the film's release.