Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ambitious film "Ram-leela" has been facing controversies ever since its trailer was released. On Thursday, Ahmedabad police detained over 40 people from the Rajput community who protested against "Ram-leela" actress Deepika Padukone.
Deepika arrived in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on 10 October to attend a Garba function, during Navratri and to promote the film. Several community members were detained after they staged protests when she was at the airport. They were released after sometime, according to Press Trust of India.
The protestors alleged that their community was "misrepresented" in Bhansali's upcoming film. They insisted that the film, which is a desi version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, should not be released in Gujarat.
They also filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Gujarat High Court seeking a ban on the film's release in the state, PTI reported.
The story of the film is about Ram (played by Ranveer Singh) a Rabari boy and leela (played by Deepika), daughter of a Darbar family.
Rajputs claim that the romantic drama flick portrayed the enmity between Rabari and Darbar communities through Deepika's and Ranveer's roles.
They also alleged that the events depicted in the film might result in "provocation or instigation of fights between the two communities and that releasing such a film may also result in a violent situation between Darbar and Rabari families in Gujarat which would have a devastating effect on the law and order in the state," according to the news agency.
Earlier, advocate Pawan Sharam filed a police complaint against the filmmaker and lead actors, stating that the film promotes enmity between two different groups. [Read the report here]
Take a look at the "Ram-leela" trailer: