Bollywood movies and their tryst with fringe groups

Written By: Pragati Awasthi | Updated: Jun 03, 2021, 05:33 PM IST

Fringe group Karni Sena is back with its antics, this time demanding a change in the title of Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film ‘Prithviraj’. Over the years, the organisation have always stirred controversy over the movies and shows. 


Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chhillar perform puja as 'Prithviraj' shoot begins

Yash Raj's big-budget movie ‘Prithviraj’ starring Akshay Kumar will release worldwide on January 21, 2022. It stars superstar Kumar in and as King Prithviraj Chauhan and former Miss World Manushi Chhillar is making her Bollywood debut as Sanyogita opposite Kumar. Actors Sanjay Dutt and Sonu Sood are also there in the movie playing pivotal roles. The film has been made by director Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi.



Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' raked up a huge controversy in the year 2017. Claiming that there are several scenes in the movie including a rumour that there is a love scene between Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji, which were "offensive" to the Rajput community and the queen, Karni Sena threatened the filmmakers and actors involved with it.

Back then, the group threatened to chop off Deepika Padukone's nose. Following the controversy, the film finally released in January 2018 with the changed title of 'Padmaavat' from 'Padmavati'.

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Laxmmi Bomb

Last year, Akshay Kumar's  'Laxmmi Bomb' landed in trouble and was served with a legal notice from Karni Sena demanding its title to be changed as it hurts religious sentiments and is attacks the “ideology, customs, gods and goddesses of Hindu religion”. 

In last, after a swarm of controversies, the makers finally changed the movie name to 'Laxmii'


Jodha Akbar (2008)

Ashutosh Gowarikar 2008 film 'Jodha Akbar', featuring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles witnessed demonstrations and protests on grounds by the Karni Sena claiming that there was a ‘blatant distortion of history in the film.
Following the major backlash, ultimately the movie was not released in Rajasthan.


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Saif Ali Khan starrer political drama, 'Tandav' faced backlash over hurting religious sentiments. Following the controversy, Maharashtra Karni Sena chief Ajay Sengar objected to Tandav’s scenes and said, "We will give Rs 1 crore reward to anyone who slits tongues of those artists who insulted Hindu gods and goddesses in the web-series."