“Padmavati is a tribute to Rajput pride and honour. It has no dream sequence portraying Padmavati and Khilji,” fumed anchor Arnab Goswami on his prime time debate on Republic TV. He tore into representatives of the Karni Sena, BJP and others staging protests and threatening to vandalise theatres. Venting his ire at the fringe groups who put a bounty on the filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s head and threatened to chop Deepika Padukone’s nose off, Goswami, with characteristic aggression, predicted that they will look “foolish” once the film is released.
Echoing his views, renowned anchor Rajat Sharma in his prime time show Aaj ki Baat said that Bhansali had done extensive research on the subject to ensure that Rajput traditions were portrayed in an authentic and realistic manner. The valour and sacrifice of Maharaja Rawal Ratan Singh and Rani Padmavati had been captured accurately by the ace director, Sharma asserted.